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N.D., Canadian law enforcement recognized for international investigation into fentanyl

FARGO -- Members of local law enforcement from the U.S. and Canada were recognized with an "Outstanding Cooperative Effort" award Tuesday at the U.S. District Court for their teamwork in an international investigation into drug trafficking linked...

FARGO -- Members of local law enforcement from the U.S. and Canada were recognized with an "Outstanding Cooperative Effort" award Tuesday at the U.S. District Court for their teamwork in an international investigation into drug trafficking linked to Grand Forks.

The Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Director Jeffrey Stamm presented the award to more than 30 people from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Grand Forks police, Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office, University of North Dakota Police, Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force, Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Attorney's Office, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other agencies.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Denial, began in 2015 after the fatal overdose of Bailey Henke in Grand Forks. The investigation into fentanyl and drug trafficking in the region resulted in numerous indictments and convictions in federal court in North Dakota and Oregon.

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