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The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department arrested four men north of Bismarck on Wednesday night and a fifth Thursday morning for being in the country illegally, and deputies were continuing the search for another suspect who fled on foot.

The sheriff’s department used its drone and K-9s in the search. The North Dakota Highway Patrol assisted with an airplane and a bloodhound.

Maj. Jim Hulm said the Wednesday arrests followed a 5 p.m. traffic stop for a stop sign violation in the area of Burnt Creek Loop and Nordic Lane. The men were of Hispanic descent and spoke little English. Deputies contacted U.S. Border Patrol when they had difficulty communicating with the men. One of the men talked to Border Patrol authorities, and when he handed the phone back to the deputy, the men began fleeing. Three were apprehended a short time later.

Hulm said authorities likely will concentrate on extraditing the men rather than prosecuting them for fleeing.

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“The core problem is they’re here illegally,” he said.

A fourth man was arrested later as deputies searched the area. He was not in the vehicle when it was stopped. The fifth man was arrested at the Misty Waters Tesoro on Thursday morning after the department received a tip.

The man still being sought was not believed to be dangerous, Hulm said.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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