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Defendants Face Drug Trafficking Charges

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A federal indictment charging 22 defendants with drug trafficking offenses was unsealed earlier today.

The indictment is the result of Operation Winter's End, a long-term, multi-agency investigation into the activities of an alleged drug trafficking organization.

The defendants are accused of dealing heroin and methamphetamine on and around the Fort Berthold Reservation.

"The charges filed as a result of Operation Winter's End are a first step to address the increased organized drug distribution activities on the Fort Berthold Reservation and in northwestern North Dakota. This indictment will help make both reservation and non-reservation communities in the Bakken oil patch stronger and safer. The U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to an anti-organized crime strategy in the Bakken oil patch that is built on close cooperation between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. With the help of these law enforcement partners, we will continue to do everything we can to address the growing threat of organized crime in this area," says U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon.

Both the FBI and the BIA participated in the joint investigation.

The indictment was filed on March 26, 2013.
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