At least three people with ties to Bakersfield were arrested in January 2014 in North Dakota on drug trafficking and firearms charges resulting from an investigation authorities dubbed Operation Pipe Cleaner. The effort announced earlier this year targets the criminal networks blamed for much of the increase in human trafficking, drug dealing and violent offenses in the Bakken oil patch region.
Details of the development will be discussed Wednesday during a news conference in Bismarck.
“When they see a volume of defendants like this…”
In McKenzie County, North Dakota, one of the core areas of the Bakken, the median breakeven price is a little more than US$29 a barrel, Mr Foiles said.
A total of 29 defendants, including seven in Bakersfield, have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to bring methamphetamine and heroin from Bakersfield and distribute it in North Dakota.
Myers and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the arrests send a strong message to both citizens and criminals.
“That is an wonderful feat to get that accomplished in one day”, Myers said.
The defendants are charged with distributing more than 500-grams of meth and herion beginning in the fall of 2014.
Minot Police Chief Jason Olson wouldn’t comment on what role that incident had in the investigation. “The results here are exactly what we hoped for when we designed the strike force”.
There are also four Bakersfield men among the 22 defendants being prosecuted in North Dakota. The group has agents and prosecutors in Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot and Williston.