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Jan 13, 2014

Tester to FBI: Keep agents in eastern Montana

Senator says officials needed to combat rising crime, drug trafficking

(U.S. SENATE) - Amid increased threat of crime in eastern Montana, Senator Jon Tester is calling on the FBI to "permanently station" its two agents currently based in Sidney.

Tester told FBI Director James Comey that while the Bakken oil boom is creating new economic opportunities in the region, it is also presenting new challenges. Crime is up 32 percent in the region since 2005, including 855 percent in Roosevelt County.

Tester invited Comey to visit eastern Montana to see the situation firsthand. The Senator said he is responding to reports that the agency is considering moving the agents to North Dakota.

"Moving agents from eastern Montana to western North Dakota is not an effective response to our region's growing problems," Tester said. "Local cases often involve federal issues of interstate drug trafficking, violent crime and crime in Indian Country. Permanent presence of federal law enforcement is needed."

Tester said that local Montana law enforcement officials are making incredible efforts to combat increased crime, but that strong local, state and federal cooperation is needed to fully increase public safety in the region.

Tester previously brought then-Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske to the Bakken to discuss ways to reduce drug abuse in the region.

The FBI has not made any official decision with regards to the agents.

Tester's letter to FBI Director Comey by les_braswell5524

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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