The Canadian PressOctober 11, 2013 02:21
BILLINGS, Mont. - The booming Bakken oil patch that's given a major boost to U.S. energy production has emerged as a new front in the fight against drug trafficking.
Organized crime rings are popping up in the Northern Plains, with traffickers sensing opportunity in the thousands of men and women lured there by the hope of a big paycheque.
Law-enforcement officers across the region have teamed up to crack down, netting one of their most significant successes this week — four arrests in North Dakota and a dozen in Montana, all but one on drug charges.