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The charges stem from activity starting in and continuing through lateU. Federal officials are prosecuting more than two dozen people in connection with illegal pill trafficking between Detroit, Mich. Special to The Forum. A law enforcement effort dubbed "Operation Blue Prairie" led investigators to two Detroit-based brothers accused of establishing a "continuing criminal enterprise" that recruited North Dakota residents, some of them addicts, to become low-level drug dealers peddling oxycodone pills, Wrigley said.
As of Thursday, a total of 26 people had made initial appearances in U. Defendants in Operation Blue Prairie. The Sledge brothers face a variety of federal charges relating to distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, according to Wrigley, who added that 24 other defendants also face charges in connection with the alleged drug trafficking, including 17 from North Dakota. Wrigley said the other defendants, like the Sledge brothers, mostly hail from the Detroit area.
Though, one defendant, he said, is from Kentucky. If convicted of certain charges, each of the Sledge brothers will face a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Officials said eight of the 26 people charged as part of Operation Blue Prairie have already pleaded guilty to charges, and Wrigley said a of defendants are cooperating with authorities. Wrigley said the drug conspiracy involved using planes, trains and automobiles to bring large s of pills into North Dakota.
He said the trafficking was a driver of opioid addiction and overdose problems in Indian Country and around the state of North Dakota. Trending Articles.
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