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29 People Indicted in Bakken Crime Fighting Investigation

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine and heroin from California to the oil-producing region of North Dakota and Montana has resulted in charges against nearly 30 people.

State and federal authorities say 22 people from western North Dakota and seven from California have been indicted on drug charges. They range in age from 21 to 56.

The charges result from the Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force. The effort announced earlier this year targets the criminal networks blamed for much of the increase in human trafficking, drug dealing and violent offenses in the Bakken oil patch region.

Officials say the strike force consists of 50 existing law enforcement agents and four prosecutors who work in a collaborative effort to attack organized crime.

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