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FARGO - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday, April 27, the unsealing of indictments in the prosecution of a major international opioid ring with a web that reached into North Dakota.

Speaking to a crowd that included law enforcement officials and news reporters at Fargo's federal courthouse, Sessions said the ring was dealing fentanyl, a potent opioid that investigators traced back to China, Canada and other places.

Sessions said members of the ring sold drugs on the Internet, used offshore accounts and cryptocurrency, and laundered funds. He said the drugs sold led to overdose deaths, including one in Grand Forks, N.D.

He said ending the nation's "drug crisis" is a top priority for President Donald Trump's administration.

"We are going to turn this tide. We are not going to allow what's happening to continue, the deaths to continue," he said. "There can be no doubt that this is the deadliest drug crisis in the history of this country."

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