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Police chief leaves amid controversy

The Northfield police chief who said hundreds of young local people were on heroin resigned Friday for a police job in Kansas, according to the Star Tribune.
Gary Smith said at a press conference in July that 150 to 200 young people were on heroin or using some kind of narcotic. The statement drew resident criticism and arguments from the Northfield School District , who said their numbers which showed that in the 2006-07 school year, only 15 of their students were being treated for heroin use.
Smith went on a medical leave of absence within two weeks of the statement and did not return. He says his decision to take the job in Kansas is not related to his statement.