Concerned about growing gang activity in the area, Fargo-Moorhead authorities are partnering with regional offices on a new gang task force, described as a street crimes unit designed to find and prosecute gang members, Valley News Live reports.
According to the station, police say the gang members are coming in from bigger cities, and possibly from as far away as California.
Their presence in the area has led to a crime wave, with police seeing robberies, drug-dealing, drive-by shootings, and sex trafficking, the Star Tribune reports.
Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger told the paper some of the gang members are "running drugs" to North Dakota's Bakken region, where crime is booming right along with the local oil industry.
Among the area's gangs that the multi-agency task force will focus on are the "Fast Money Boys," ''Squad 400," and "Lic Squad," police report. However, some established, very recognizable criminal groups are also making their mark in town.
According to WDAY, Fargo-Moorehead is the site of a motorcycle gang "turf war" between the Hell's Angels and their "bitter rivals," the Sons of Silence.
The station quotes police as saying that the Hell's Angels are trying to establish Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead as their "area of influence" in the region.
Valley News Live says the Fargo and Moorhead police departments, North Dakota Attorney General, and Cass and Clay Counties are just a few of the entities involved.