Task Force Battles Drug and Human Trafficking - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Task Force Battles Drug and Human Trafficking

Posted: Updated:

North Dakota is in need of more federal law enforcement agents to battle drug and human trafficking.

That was the recurring theme during Senator Heidi Heitkamp's visit with various law enforcement agencies today.

The FBI currently has five agents in Minot and four in Bismarck.

The agency is hoping to add four agents in Williston next year, however, the plan to add agents previously fell through when housing became a problem.

Minot Chief of Police Jason Olson says Western North Dakota also needs a DEA agent.

Olson says officers frequently seize pounds of methamphetamine, and the drug is almost always imported from out of state.

He also says prostitution cases are 'through the roof,' but as a B misdemeanor, limited man power and jail space prevents the police department from aggressive pursuit of prostitution cases.

(Senator Heidi Heitkamp, (D) North Dakota) "And it can be very coordinated with the drug trade which is what we're seeing in Mexico. So it's not just that they're trafficking in humans but typically also in drugs. It's gotten so much more complicated and it's gotten so much more national. Which is why we can make a good argument for a national resource to address this."

Senator Heitkamp toured the northern border with U.S. Senator Tom Carper from Delaware.

Senator Carper is the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

He says it's important to look at root causes of drug and human trafficking.

Carper says training, technology and teamwork are important in the law enforcement effort and says he will be looking into the possibility of stationing DEA agents in Western North Dakota.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Greenman at Arts in the Park

    Greenman at Arts in the Park

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:49:30 GMT
    All summer, the Arts in the Park has been holding concerts of all kinds of different music - and today, a local band called Greenman came out to put on a show full of culture.The group came together in 1997 because of their common love for old, celtic music.They have released a few albums with the sound of Scottish and old Irish tunes, and have been performing them all over Minot ever since.The violinist says that this genre is something that can bring in audiences of all different tastes of ...
    All summer, the Arts in the Park has been holding concerts of all kinds of different music - and today, a local band called Greenman came out to put on a show full of culture.The group came together in 1997 because of their common love for old, celtic music.They have released a few albums with the sound of Scottish and old Irish tunes, and have been performing them all over Minot ever since.The violinist says that this genre is something that can bring in audiences of all different tastes of ...
  • Who's Who: Ranch Rodeo Mom

    Who's Who: Ranch Rodeo Mom

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:08 GMT
    Generations of Cowboys and Ranchers are tied in to North Dakota's history.One Ranch Rodeo Mom told me about what it means to pass the rope for tonight's Who's Who at the Fair.(Carmen Ruud, Former Ranch Rodeo Competitor) "Just the camaraderie that you get with your teammates and other teams. I really enjoy it, it's like a family event.It's kinda neat, It's fun."(Melinda Bolton) "In fact it has been generations of fun, as Ruud learned from her father what her son Garrett is now competing in, R...
    Generations of Cowboys and Ranchers are tied in to North Dakota's history.One Ranch Rodeo Mom told me about what it means to pass the rope for tonight's Who's Who at the Fair.(Carmen Ruud, Former Ranch Rodeo Competitor) "Just the camaraderie that you get with your teammates and other teams. I really enjoy it, it's like a family event.It's kinda neat, It's fun."(Melinda Bolton) "In fact it has been generations of fun, as Ruud learned from her father what her son Garrett is now competing in, R...
  • t Cancer

    t Cancer

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:45:24 GMT
    Many more people are beating Cancer now than ever, a local woman obtaining her doctorate is trying to develop what sort of treatment patients should receive once they're in remission.I spoke with Sana Keller recently regarding her work....(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "After working for years as a nurse, Sana Keller is hoping to finish off her doctorate by giving some cancer survivors lifestyle coaching."(Sana Keller, Owner of Health Unlimited) "There's so much that can be done and most of it is...
    Many more people are beating Cancer now than ever, a local woman obtaining her doctorate is trying to develop what sort of treatment patients should receive once they're in remission.I spoke with Sana Keller recently regarding her work....(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "After working for years as a nurse, Sana Keller is hoping to finish off her doctorate by giving some cancer survivors lifestyle coaching."(Sana Keller, Owner of Health Unlimited) "There's so much that can be done and most of it is...
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.