Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he will be asking the next Legislature for more Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents.
"Our BCI agents are over-streched," said Stenehjem. "The population has increased. You know what's happening in western North Dakota. They are working day and night, and I worry about them burning out."
Stenehjem said the agents are dealing with increased gang activity – as well as organized crime moving into North Dakota.
"If you don't nip that in the bud -- if we don't deal with that on the front end -- the expenditures and the resources you will find, and the human misery that we experience, as a reult of failure to do so, will be enormous," said Stenehjem. He said he’s now putting together that budget request to give to Gov. Dalrymple – for inclusion in the 2013 executive budget.