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Published July 19, 2013, 09:17 PM

Official tackle Bakken drug use

Officials met today in the western part of the state to lower drug use and crime in the Bakken. Earlier this month federal authorities charged 22 people on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation with conspiracy to sell heroin and other drugs.

Officials met today in the western part of the state to lower drug use and crime in the Bakken. Earlier this month federal authorities charged 22 people on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation with conspiracy to sell heroin and other drugs.

According to law enforcement organized crime and other illegal activity is increasing with the influx of people looking for work in the energy industry. Educators, treatment programs, law enforcement and social workers plan to fight that trend. Some say the federal government should step up.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: "Since the year 2011, the federal government took over 300 million dollars out of North Dakota just in oil revenue...so. Its..the federal government is making money in the Bakken too."

Officials emphasize the problem is not likely to go away soon. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Williston is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country.

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