Supervising the prosecutors and law enforcement officers will be Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Comprised of local, state and federal law officers, the Strike Force has been charged with the task of investigating and prosecuting the growing problem of organized crime in the Bakken oil patch. The crimes the task force will focus on vary from illegal gun sales to counterfeit and fraud cases, to drug and human trafficking.
As reported by the Tribune, in 2013 Volk was awarded the highest recognition given by the Department of Justice for assistant U.S. attorneys, the director’s award, for his role in the outcome of a Fort Berthold human trafficking case. Acting U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Christopher Myers said Volk’s main assignment then was to prosecute violent crimes in the region’s Indian reservations.
The Bakken Strike Force will replace Project Safe Bakken. Started in 2013, the endeavor was the beginning of cooperation between Montana, North Dakota and the federal government to combat the region’s growing crime rates. Volk will oversee around 50 agents based out of four offices based in Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot and Williston. To read the original article, click here.