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Criminal cases filed in federal court in North Dakota

Criminal defendants in federal court rise N.D.

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BISMARCK —– The number of criminal defendants charged in federal court in western North Dakota jumped by 31 percent in 2013 and has nearly doubled since 2011, a trend U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon expects to continue as drug trafficking intensifies in the state’s oil-producing counties.

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“I don’t expect that to stop anytime soon,” Purdon said Thursday at his Bismarck office.

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