Criminal defendants in federal court rise N.D.
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.
“I don’t expect that to stop anytime soon,” Purdon said Thursday at his Bismarck office.
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