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Task force cracks drug rings in Indian Country

A multi-jurisdictional task force is helping investigators crack drug rings in Indian Country.

The Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force is made up of tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Investigators share information and work together without regard for jurisdictional disputes that sometimes arise when dealing with criminal matters on reservations.

In the past 16 months, 50 people have been arrested for drug trafficking on reservations as a result of the program. Most were for methamphetamine distribution.

Each agency fund its own officer and vehicle for the task force but federal funds are used for overtime and specialized equipment.

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Crime Tracked On, Off Reservations (AP 6/7)