Multiple law enforcement agencies collaborated on a drug sweep in Williston and throughout Williams County on Friday, July 12, leading to the arrest of 17 people.

Operation Summer Heat, as police dubbed it, was led by the Northwest Narcotics Task Force, in conjunction with the Williston Police Department, Williams County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Parole and Probation, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, the Tioga Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, the North Dakota National Guard Counter Drug Unit and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. It was designed to reduce crime, particularly drug crime, according to a news release from the Williston police.

The operation led to 17 arrests, police said. Some were on existing warrants, while others were for driving with a suspended license, drunken driving and possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two more serious charges were also filed — possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to deliver, the news release stated.

Police also seized 130 grams of meth, which has a street value of about $13,000, and 316 Xanax pills.

As of Monday afternoon, formal charges weren’t available in Northwest District Court.

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