Tribes in Wisconsin working together to combat drugs and gangs

The logo for the Native American Drug and Gang Initiative. Image from Oneida Nation Police Department

Tribes in Wisconsin are working together to combat drugs, crime and gang activity.

The Native American Drug and Gang Initiative was formed in 2007. Nearly every tribe in the state is a part of the effort, which includes local, state and federal authorities.

"It has the ability to shut the drug trade down be it for a few days or a few weeks but it still has the ability and it sends a signal that we will be back and that we are out there," Bryan Kastelic, the task force commander for NADGI, told NNCNOW.Com.

NADGI recently helped the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa arrest five people for drugs and criminal activity. Police Chief Bill Mertig said the reservation sees a lot of marijuana, prescription medication and cocaine.

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