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Officials reveal strategy to fight drug crimes in North Dakota

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State and federal officials released a national strategy Tuesday to fight a growing drug problem in North Dakota.

The strategy is also meant to reduce cross-border flow of drugs between the United States and Canada.

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At Tuesday's meeting, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said it seems that the southern border gets all the attention and we ignore the fact that there are drugs and human trafficking that is transferring across the northern border of this country

As a result, Tuesday officials released the 2014 National Northern Border Counternarcotics strategy.

Representatives of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy discussed the strategy with North Dakota leaders in Minot.

Officials say efforts will be made to help reservations, particularly Turtle Mountain, get resources to prevent drugs from crossing the border.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says one of the biggest prevention strategies will be getting people the help they need to fight their addictions.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp said, "the guys we're chasing are the real bad guys and the guys who are addicted, the women who are addicted, the men who are addicted, are getting treatment in place so they aren't finding their way into a jail system that's ill equipped to handle their their particular problem."

Heitkamp also says the strategy aims to build up more resources and improve cooperation between law enforcement on both sides of the border.

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