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U.S. Sens. John Hoeven, left, John Tester, and Heidi Heitkamp listen to local, state and federal law enforcement and public officials on Friday during a roundtable discussion about efforts to reduce drug use in the Bakken.

Senators address Oil Patch drug problem


BISMARCK -- North Dakota's top attorney said Friday that when the state's 2012 crime statistics come out July 30, "it's not going to be good."

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the increase in drug crime statistics alone has his office worried as many different drugs are being pushed around the Oil Patch at a significantly high rate.

"We're seeing a lot of people moving in with a lot of money," he said.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.