- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s top federal prosecutor has been honored for his work on drug cases.

U.S. Attorney Chris Myers was selected as prosecutor of the year by the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Awards Program, or HIDTA. He will travel to Washington D.C. in early 2018 to receive the award.

Myers is currently involved in prosecuting an international fentanyl-trafficking operation that was responsible for an overdose death of a North Dakota man in January 2015.

The investigation is dubbed Operation Denial. It has resulted in more than 20 arrests, including two men from China accused of separately running chemical labs that produced fentanyl and other illegal opioids that were sold to Americans.

The HIDTA program provides assistance to various law enforcement groups in regions throughout the U.S. known for drug trafficking.

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