The Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the U.S. Attorney’s Office held a joint media roundtable Monday in Redby.
Chairman Darrel Seki voiced that tribal law enforcement needs to have some jurisdiction over nonmembers to deter fentanyl trafficking to the reservation.
Right now, the federal government has primary jurisdiction over Red Lake.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andy Luger discussed new approaches to combat fentanyl trafficking.
Luger said fentanyl trafficking has grown exponentially, favored by cartels due to its relative cheapness and ease of transport compared to other narcotics.
Featured photo, from left: Tribal Secretary Sam Strong, Tribal Chairman Darrel Seki, Sr., U.S. Attorney-Minnesota Andrew Luger, and U.S. Assistant Attorney Allen Slaughter.