The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department has recently joined forces with Mercer and McLean counties in the expansion of their local drug task force.
Several deputies from all three counties have been cross deputized to mitigate any jurisdictional issues associated with the increase of drug activity that crosses over county lines. The Mercer-McLean-Dunn task force now has deputies and detectives that have jurisdiction to assist each other and aid in the investigation of crimes. The task force’s first joint venture was the execution of a search warrant north of Golden Valley near the county line and the reservation. Mercer, McLean and Dunn county deputies were involved in the operation which resulted in the seizure of narcotics and several arrests.
On October 14th, 2014 deputies form the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department assisted officers of the Beulah Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department in a vehicle pursuit. A vehicle failed to stop for a Beulah Police Department unit and fled west on Hwy 200 into Dunn County. The pursuit continued south on Hwy 8. A Dunn County deputy, with assistance from a Stark County deputy, was able to deploy spike strips near mile marker 87 on Hwy 8. The suspect vehicle encountered the spike strips, which deflated all four tires, and came to a stop shortly after. The driver was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Mercer County jail. The spike strips used by the Dunn County deputy were recently acquired through funding from the Criminal Justice Oil Impact grant.