BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) – North Dakota law enforcement participating in a joint detail as part of the U.S. Governors Border Strike Force recently seized more than 50 pounds of illegal drugs, including enough fentanyl to kill hundreds of thousands of people.
According to North Dakota officials, during the week of Aug. 22-28, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the North Dakota State & Local Intelligence Center participated in a joint Border Patrol Strike Force in North Dakota.
Meanwhile, law enforcement recovered a stolen vehicle and seized over US$26,000, eight illegal firearms, nine vehicles and 51.6 pounds of illegal drugs.
The drugs included 1.1 pounds of cocaine, 26.3 pounds of marijuana, 16.5 pounds of methamphetamine and 7.7 pounds of fentanyl. (2 milligrams of fentanyl is considered a life-threatening dose by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
“This detail shows how the coordination of our law enforcement resources can make a real difference in addressing the negative impacts on our communities of drug trafficking, human trafficking and other border-related crimes,” Burgum said. “We are grateful to the Highway Patrol, BCI, SLIC and all law enforcement agencies in our state for their efforts to thwart illegal activity and keep communities and citizens safe. of North Dakota.”
In April, Governor Doug Burgum signed with 25 other U.S. governors to create the U.S. Governors Border Strike Force. The purpose of the Strike Force is to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and to combat human trafficking and drug trafficking.
Besides North Dakota, the Border Strike Force, which is led by Arizona and Texas, also includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.