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White House singles out oil patch in drug strategy

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 11:24 am •  Published: July 9, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The White House has singled out the oil patch of northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana as part of its 2014 national drug control strategy.

The report released Wednesday says dramatic increases in crime in the Bakken oil-producing region has overwhelmed state, local and tribal agencies working with limited resources.

The document says the FBI and other federal agencies will continue to work with state and local police on "law enforcement, quality of life, women's safety and tribal issues" in oil country.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says it's appropriate to be listed in the report because drug crimes in the state increased nearly 20 percent in the last year.

Stenehjem says he's preparing a budget for the next Legislature that includes a "robust oil patch crime initiative."