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Law Enforcement Plans New Crime Fighting Tactics on Bakken

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in North Dakota and Montana are taking aim at organized crime in their booming oil-producing region.

They're launching what they are calling the Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force. Organized crime has been blamed for much of the increase in human trafficking, violent offenses and drug dealing in the region.

The two states have called for more help in dealing with crime as thousands of oil field workers have moved into the region.

Officials say the joint federal-state strike force will have about 50 law enforcement agents and four prosecutors who will work in a collaborative effort to attack criminal networks. The group will have agents and prosecutors in Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot and Williston.

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