News Summary: As Bakken booms, drug arrests spike

News Summary: As Bakken oil patch booms, drug crimes spike; arrests in Montana, North Dakota

Associated Press

ENERGY AND ECSTASY: 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 paycheck in the Bakken oil and gas fields.

STONED ON THE RANGE: One-time isolated regions in Montana and North Dakota have experienced a surge in the number of residents after new drilling technology unlocked massive energy reserves and lured big energy companies to the region.

MONTANA VICE: Law-enforcement officers across the region have teamed up to crack down on the trafficking, netting one of their most significant indictments so far this week — a dozen drug arrests in Montana and four in North Dakota. An FBI agent in the town of Keene, N.D., was shot while executing a search warrant.

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