Seven gang members were indicted for running a drug operation between Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Duluth, and Fargo, North Dakota, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday.
Federal and local authorities announced that members of the Northside gangs Taliban and Young ’N Thuggin’ traveled across Minnesota to North Dakota to sell crack cocaine for a higher price than in Minneapolis, the report said.
According to KARE 11, the dealers sold the drugs in North Dakota and Greater Minnesota for more than twice what they would get in Minneapolis. Authorities said that what could be sold for $20 in Minneapolis could be sold for $50 elsewhere.
Court documents say the drugs were sold in St. Cloud apartments that were often rented out by someone addicted to crack cocaine. When they ran out of supply, the dealers would return to Minneapolis for more, the Star Tribune reported.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said the bust follows a long investigation by local and federal authorities, KARE 11 reported. This indictment comes about a year after 11 members of rival gangs were indicted on federal drug charges, according to the Star Tribune.
“Today we say thank you to all of our partners for helping to make Minneapolis a safer city,” Harteau said to KARE 11.