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Associated Press, Published July 30 2010

ND drug sting results in 16 arrests, 21 warrants

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A drug sting operation in southwest North Dakota that netted 16 arrests and 21 warrants might be unprecedented, a law officer says.

"This would be one of the largest in recent Stark County times ... if ever," Dickinson Police Detective Kylan Klauzer said after Thursday's bust at sites in the city and county.

Authorities said the investigation and planning had been ongoing since February. At least half a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved. The drugs involved included methamphetamine and prescription pills. Those arrested ranged in age from 18 to people in their 50s, Klauzer said.

"We're not looking at the traditional ring here," Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning said. "They may have common contacts and common sources, but the great bulk of them are acting on their own and some of these people may be middlemen for more than one dealer."

Teresa Blackwood, who lives near a Dickinson home that was surrounded by officers in bulletproof vests who eventually made four arrests, said she feels less safe and will not let her grandchildren outside alone.

"It's a little bit disconcerting to have something like that go on," she said.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.