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9 people from Red Lake Reservation arrested in drug case 5-11-07

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) - Nine people from the Red Lake Indian
Reservation in northwest Minnesota, including two police officers,
were arrested this week on federal drug charges.

Two of those arrested were officers with the Red Lake Police
Department, which assisted in their apprehension, federal officials
said.

They were Herbert M. May, 37, and Robert J. Vanwert, 33. They were
arrested on Wednesday. An attorney assigned to May's case on Friday
declined to comment. The attorney assigned to Vanwert did not
immediately return a call.

Red Lake police referred questions about the case to the Minneapolis
office of the FBI. FBI spokesman Paul McCabe confirmed May and
Vanwert were police officers but he had no further information.

Federal prosecutors in South Dakota announced the indictments on
Friday. That office is handling the case so the prosecutors in
Minnesota can avoid any conflicts of interest.

The other seven suspects were arrested Thursday. All the arrests were
made on the reservation and the surrounding area, prosecutors said in
a news release.

U.S. Attorney Marty J. Jackley said a 10th suspect in the case was in
prison in Minnesota and would make his first court appearance in the
federal case soon.

Earlier this week, a federal grand jury returned a superseding
indictment charging the defendants with conspiracy to posses and
distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine or a mixture of cocaine
and another substance.

The case was investigated by the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force,
which is a team of officers from local, state, federal and tribal law
enforcement agencies.
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