BISMARCK, N.D. — Law enforcement officials say they are beefing up crime fighting efforts in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana.
A new strike force that includes state and federal agencies is meant to target organized crime, which has been blamed for much of the increases in human trafficking, violent offenses and drug dealing in the Bakken region. Authorities say more than 200 individuals have been indicted on federal narcotics charges since 2013.
Details of the proposal will be discussed Wednesday during news conferences scheduled in Bismarck and Williston.
The leader of the Justice Department’s organized crime task force, Bruce Ohr, is scheduled to appear along with U.S. attorneys Chris Myers of North Dakota and Mike Cotter of Montana, and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
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