drugs

Former officer charged with smuggling drugs into prison

BISMARCK, N.D. – A former employee of the North Dakota State Penitentiary has been accused of smuggling drugs and electronics into the prison for an inmate in exchange for money. Investigators say Matthew Taylor was working as a correctional officer last year when he received payments from a woman to deliver a cellphone, two SIM cards and a cigarette package…

$5 million reward for capture of Chinese trafficker linked to death in North Dakota

FARGO (KVRR) – The State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a People’s Republic of China national who’s been linked to overdose deaths in North Dakota, Oregon, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Federal prosecutors say Jian Zhang is a key leader of the transnational criminal Zhang Drug…

Arrests made in ND drug pipeline

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Outgoing U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley announces key arrests in a major drug trafficking investigation. Several members of the Michigan Reub gang are currently in custody due to a joint investigation between North Dakota and Michigan agencies. Wrigley says the operation involves tens of millions of dollars of narcotics and thus far has targeted…

More people indicted for trafficking drugs on North Dakota Indian reservations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – More charges have been filed in connection with what federal prosecutors say is a “pipeline” that’s transporting drugs from the Detroit area to Indian reservations in North Dakota. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says about 30 more people have been indicted charges in addition to the 26 defendants charged in federal court Thursday. Wrigley tells KVRR News…

Charges announced in large drug operation on Native American reservations in ND

Investigators are calling it "Operation Blue Prairie"

NORTH DAKOTA — Twenty six people are charged in what is being called an unprecedented drug distribution enterprise on Indian country in North Dakota. Operation Blue Prairie is the investigation into a large drug ring taking place on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain and Fort Berthold Indian Reservations since 2015. “It was the objective of this conspiracy to target…

Drug-related deaths in Minnesota rise sharply

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State health officials say drug overdose deaths in Minnesota increased 31% in the first half of 2020, compared to the same time in 2019. The Minnesota Department of Health said there were 490 overdose deaths from January to June 2020 and 373 deaths during the same period last year. The number of deaths took a…

Man Arrested After Chase In Vehicle Stolen From Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A Valley City man faces a number of charges after a chase in a stolen vehicle in Barnes County. 31-year-old Matthew Hough was chased around 10 p.m. after a report of a stolen Toyota Highlander in Valley City. He eventually stopped and was taken into custody by troopers and deputies. Hough faces charges including fleeing, unauthorized…