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Pair charged after fleeing ND undercover drug buy

WILLISTON, N.D. — Two Washington residents have been charged with multiple felonies in western North Dakota after attempting to outrun authorities following an undercover drug buy. KXMB-TV reports 28-year-old Ole Christman of Liberty Lake, Washington, and 23-year-old Natalie Clifton of Spokane Valley, Washington, are facing drug charges. Court records show the pair sold heroin to undercover agents in Williams County twice in December.

The pair fled the scene in their vehicle when authorities tried to arrest them and hit two vehicles in the process. Authorities say Christman and Clifton then exited the vehicle while it was still moving and stole an all-terrain vehicle, which they totaled a short time later. Bond has been set at $50,000 for Christman and $10,000 for Clifton. Court records don’t list attorneys for either of them.

Crime has been rising steadily in North Dakota since the oil boom. Other than drug trafficking, sex trafficking, assault cases and traffic violations have also risen along with the areas population. An increased FBI presence has been requested for Western North Dakota by the governor. Various other high profile drug cases have also occurred in the area. Including a woman who shot a man in the face in Watford City, resulting in a drug bust that incarcerated four people.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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