- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement officers from the United States and Canada gathered in Fargo this week for a ceremony to mark the cooperation between the two countries in an investigation into drug overdoses.

The director of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program handed out awards to three-dozen individuals who participated in “Operation Denial,” a probe into the international trafficking of powdered fentanyl, heroin and other drugs.

The case includes defendants from North Dakota, Oregon, Georgia, Washington and Panama. One of them, Daniel Vivas Ceron, allegedly operated a criminal enterprise while imprisoned in Canada. It moved fentanyl and other similar substances from Canada and China to several U.S. states.

Five people have been sentenced in the case and at least seven others have been indicted.

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