‘Despicable’ Sex Trafficker Gets 33 Years In Prison

BISMARCK – A California man convicted of sex trafficking was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison, but one victim said she’ll deal with the trauma for her entire life. Federal prosecutors asked for a life sentence for Keith A. Graves, found guilty of preying on drug-addicted women and using violence and sexual assaults to…
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McKenzie County Breaks Ground On New Jail, Law Enforcement Center

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – As dozens of law enforcement officers lined up here Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new jail, it was hard to believe that about six years ago the community had just four deputies and four police officers. McKenzie County leaders are building a new facility to house growing law enforcement…
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Short-term Federal Agents Not A Bakken Crime Solution, Officials Say

WILLISTON, N.D. – Fighting drug trafficking in the Bakken requires more than two-week stints from federal agents, Oil Patch police chiefs and sheriffs said here Wednesday. Western North Dakota law enforcement joined Sen. John Hoeven and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in urging federal agencies to establish a permanent presence in Williston. The Federal Bureau of…
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Bakken Drug Trade Highlighted In Federal Report

WILLISTON, N.D. – Drug trafficking in the Bakken is highlighted in the National Drug Control Strategy released Wednesday by the White House drug czar. The 102-page document includes several mentions of North Dakota and Montana, including about a page dedicated to the need for agencies to collaborate in response to a “burgeoning threat” in the…
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Law Enforcement Says They Lack Federal Resources To Deal With Boom

MINOT, N.D. – North Dakota’s economic boom has made the state a target for criminal activity, but federal law enforcement agencies don’t have enough staff to be a deterrent, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday. Heitkamp, D-N.D., invited U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to North…
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