Since the beginning of the year, federal authorities have arrested almost 60 people in connection with a drug pipeline running from Detroit to the Peace Garden State.
North Dakota Attorney Drew Wrigley says it’s a step in the right direction.
We talked to Wrigley on Friday.
He says that in just one charge they arrested 30 people, 22 of them from the Detroit area.
Wrigley says they chose North Dakota because they could earn up to $ 20 with a single opioid pill.
And, he added, in some cases, traffickers were arrested with possession of more than 2,000 of these pills.
Wrigley says that while the drug pipeline targets North Dakota’s tribal lands, the problem is widespread.
“By the way, it’s not just the reservations. Often, they are bringing this poison to our other larger cities and filtering it into the reserve. The entire state of North Dakota is affected by this. And that means that the entire state of North Dakota is positively impacted by the accusation being brought to this office, ”explained Wrigley.
Wrigley says drug arrests are evidence of a public health crisis, not just a legal issue.