A 29-year-old woman and two men from Arizona have been charged after authorities linked them to 11 pounds of methamphetamine, cash, marijuana and handguns found in their vehicle and hotels. The investigation began when the woman was pulled over in Berthold, North Dakota, for what the police chief described as "erratic driving." Police claim that they found 1 pound of methamphetamine and $20,000 in cash in the vehicle.
A North Dakota man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distribution of methamphetamine and the illegal use of a firearm while engaging in drug trafficking. In their Nov. 4 announcement, federal prosecutors claimed the charges were related to his alleged participation in the violent kidnapping and beating of another man in 2012.
A North Dakota man who was found guilty on July 28 for conspiracy to distribute drugs that resulted in injury or death received 12 years in prison. According to reports, the 53-year-old man was accused of bringing over 33 pounds of methamphetamine into the state. The methamphetamine was allegedly linked to two deaths caused by overdose. The man who was sentenced was just one of several individuals who were indicted in 2013. The man and a second person were both charged for the death of the man's 59-year-old girlfriend on Feb. 6, 2013.
Authorities claim that a man who was detained on the morning of May 23 in the Bismarck-Mandan area is a member of a notoriously violent drug trafficking gang based in Texas. The man is accused of a January 2011 murder in Eagle Pass, Texas, allegedly an act of vengeance against a man who had cooperated with law enforcement.
There has been a marked increase over the past year in the distribution and use of heroin in North Dakota. Between 2003 and 2011, there were only two people charged in the state with federal crimes related to heroin. In the year 2012 alone, 13 people were charged with heroin-related drug crimes, and just last year 57 people were charged in the state with these drug offenses.