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Oil boom brings more Border Patrol arrests

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The U.S. Border Patrol is reporting a big increase in arrests in the Grand Forks sector, much of it in North Dakota’s booming Oil Patch.

From the beginning of the fiscal year on Oct. 1 to June 30, there were 514 arrests.

That compares with the 284 arrested in the same period in 2012-13 and 287 in the same period in 2011-12.

“Grand Forks sector Border Patrol agents in the Bakken region work daily with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in that area, which has resulted in a greater apprehension number with the massive influx of people moving to the Bakken region,” sector spokesman Kris Grogan said in an email, referring to the Oil Patch’s Bakken Formation.

The Grand Forks sector includes North Dakota, Minnesota and six other neighboring states.

At the ports of entry, the patrol’s colleagues in the Office of Field Operations are keeping an eye on drugs coming in from the north.

Christopher Misson, a spokesman at the Pembina port of entry, said Canada is a major source of the drug ecstasy and high-potency marijuana, while cocaine, weapons and drug money often cross from the United States into Canada.

Garrett Richie
Garrett Richie is a general assignment reporter and digital writer for The Grand Forks Herald. Richie is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is formerly of The Ludington Daily News in Ludington, Mich. Have a good story idea? Contact Richie by either phone or email, both of which are listed below. If you would like to comment on a story, send a letter to the editor with Richie's name and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words, and all letters are subject to editing. Email to or mail to The Grand Forks Herald.
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