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Sinner wants FBI, DEA to have a permanent presence in the Bakken

Democratic congressional candidate George B. Sinner has recently advocated for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to create a permanent presence in the North Dakota oil fields.

The Dickinson Press reported that in addition to a long-lasting office, Sinner proposed hiring more special prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and more training for local law enforcement to help levy the stress of crime in Western North Dakota.

Because both human trafficking and drug trafficking are, in many cases, multistate, even international problems, local law enforcement doesn’t have the background, doesn’t have the expertise and in many cases doesn’t have the connections across state lines and across international lines to really address and tackle these crimes,” he said Monday. “That’s why you really have to have the federal people there.”

Sinner, who is running against current U.S. House member Kevin Cramer, announced the bureaucratic ideas on Monday in Minot and will be in Fargo today to do the same.

According to the Dickinson Press, Cramer has made comments that generally align with Sinner’s stance.  “I think it’s undeniable that there are more resources needed to meet the growing crime demand in the Bakken,” he said referring to the oil patch of Western North Dakota.

Cramer also claimed that the state legislative officials are currently working on a drive to establish a permanent FBI office in the oil patch region. However, Rep. Cramer made note that DEA agencies are more intertwined and stationed closer to the southern border where drug cartels are the most active.

Currently, a few FBI temporary stations exist in Sidney Mont. The DEA also lists an office in Fargo and a holding in Bismarck.

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