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22 arrested in large-scale warrant operation

FORT TOTTEN--Law enforcement officers have made 22 arrests in a large-scale warrant operation on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation and in the Devils Lake area after the tribal council has expressed worry about a drug epidemic.

FORT TOTTEN--Law enforcement officers have made 22 arrests in a large-scale warrant operation on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation and in the Devils Lake area after the tribal council has expressed worry about a drug epidemic.

During Operation No Sanctuary, the U.S. Marshals Service's High Plains Fugitive Task Force and Bureau of Indian Affairs cleared 29 warrants searching for fugitives who were wanted on federal, state, local and tribal charges, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Notable arrests included:

- Nathan M. Jones Jr., 43, St. Michael, N.D., who was arrested at a St. Michael residence on a federal warrant charging him with supervised release violations following a charge of child neglect.

-Curtis Dean Jones, 39, St. Michael, who was arrested on a Ramsey County warrant charging him with escape.

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- Clinton Posey, 24, who was arrested at a rural Wood Lake, N.D., residence on a Ramsey County warrant charging him with escape.

- Dana Lee Yankton Jr., 21, who was arrested in Fort Totten on a tribal warrant and two Ramsey County warrants charging him with burglary and escape.

Operation No Sanctuary was organized after the Spirit Lake Tribal Council passed a resolution in August declaring a state of emergency due to "rampant use, abuse, sale trade and transport of illegal drugs at epidemic proportion on the reservation." The arrests were made by  multiple agencies.

In a separate but simultaneous operation, law enforcement also conducted compliance checks on 20 registered sex offenders on the reservation in which seven people were identified as potentially being noncompliant with federal, state or tribal registration laws, according to the release. Investigators will determine if any charges will be filed.

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