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Federal Arrests and Harm Reduction


On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 41 Federal Arrest Warrants were executed as a result of a lengthy multi-state heroin trafficking conspiracy targeting the White Earth and Red Lake Nations.  There were 41 defendants named in the Federal Indictment who were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone and Methadone.

This investigation was a result of hard work, dedication and a collaboration of Tribal, Local, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies which shut down a major pipeline of heroin.  Many people were harmed from this poison for the sole purpose of money.

Operation Bricks of Steel was the name given to this investigation.  On the White Earth Nation, 6 Arrest Teams were assigned to apprehend 9 of the 41 people named in the indictment.  All 9 were apprehended without incident, harm or injury to anyone.  The 9 have been listed in the Federal Indictment as well as in the press release from the United States Attorney Andrew Luger.

This poison has affected many people on the White Earth Nation, we now have a reprieve from this poison.  Rest assured that we will continue to identify, investigate, arrest and prosecute any person who considers or continues to poison the people on the White Earth Nation.  Voices have been heard, they have not fallen on deaf ears.  Every piece of information given to Law Enforcement is helpful.  We continue to ask the people on the White Earth Nation to continue to pass any information on to Law Enforcement.  Now is the time we make a stand and let those who prosper from selling this poison that it will not be tolerated anymore!

The Harm Reduction Coalition would like to point out a couple things for those concerned about those struggling with addiction.  Supply reduction is definitely a part of the long-term strategy to addressing drug use in our communities however; we must continue to focus on the work to prevent adverse consequences on people struggling with addiction, their families and communities.  

With supply being disrupted, we need to take into consideration that new supply may enter the hands of our people for distribution and use.  With that being said, we want to remind users to remember these safe use tips:

·       Use with another person present;

·       Ask your provider for a prescription for naloxone to have available if someone in your household or a neighbor is at risk for overdose;

·       Use a test hit of your drug, or “taste”, supply might not be same make up or strength

·       Watch for s/s of drug overdose

o   Call 911 report an individual is unconscious, when help arrives be honest and tell them what you witnessed, so proper medical care can be given. 

Pregnant Opioid/Heroin-Users please understand the risk of death to your unborn child is very high with withdraw.

Please call, you are all worth the fight!

Phone numbers for assistance: 

                  218-983-3286-Chemical Dependency and Mental Health

                  218-850-4357-Crisis line

                  218-983-3285 ext 6402-Circle Back Center - Youth addiction


Reminder:  Harm Reduction Services (including overdose prevention services) are available every Wednesday,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through the Public Health Clinic in the Tribal Health Building in White Earth.

“Steve’s Law,” named after Steve Rummler, who died of an opioid overdose in 2011, and after whom the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation was formed and named, is MN’s Good Samaritan + Naloxone legislation, which will follow 19 other states and the District of Columbia in establishing Good Samaritan laws and/or access to naloxone.

Steve’s Law would SAVE LIVES in Minnesota by:

·  providing immunity to those who call 911 in good faith to save a life, and

·  allowing law-enforcement and the public to access and administer naloxone (brand name Narcan), to save lives.