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White House Looks to Reduce Northern Border Trafficking

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The acting director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy was in Minot today to release the 2014 Northern Border Counter-Narcotics Strategy to reduce the flow of drugs into the U.S. from Canada.

Director Michael Botticelli joined Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem at the Ward County Courthouse. They discussed partnering with the private sector and targeting trade-based money laundering schemes. Botticelli outlined different roles that federal, state, local and tribal governments play in stopping drug cartels and human trafficking from Canada through North Dakota. This is the first time the White House plan specifically mentioned threats in the Bakken Region.

Finally, Botticelli says the 2014 strategy has two new action items focused on eliminating public corruption, as well as significant enhancements to the section detailing our cooperative efforts with our Canadian counterparts. 

Botticelli is visiting law enforcement agencies throughout the Bakken today to discuss the plan and hear their concerns.


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