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Thomas Gene Edwards has recently plead guilty


Thomas Gene Edwards, 55, has recently plead guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. This case stems from a joint investigative effort by the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Narcotics Task Force and the FBI Task Force out of Sidney Montana.

On June 3, 2016, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Thomas Gene Edwards, resulting in a seizure of $10,000 in currency and 10 ounces of methamphetamine. Agents with the Northwest Narcotics Task Force identified Thomas Gene Edwards of historically distributing more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine in 6 months, with an approximate value of $1,000,000, in Watford City, Williston and communities in eastern Montana.

The Northwest Narcotics Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional entity comprised of the following agencies:
  • Divide County Sheriff’s Office
  • McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Watford City Police Department
  • Williston Police Department
  • Williams County Sheriff’s Office
  • North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation






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All gravel and county roads are slick. Please drive with caution.

***Motor Vehicle Accident Update #2*** Hwy 23 is open to all lanes of traffic. We appreciate your patience. We would like to thank Keene Fire and First Responders, McKenzie County Ambulance, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and the two companies for all their assistance tonight!

***Motor Vehicle Accident Update*** 1 vehicle will be cleared from the roadway shortly to open up 1 lane of travel. The second wrecker is coming to the scene to move the second vehicle. We appreciate your patience.

***Motor Vehicle Accident*** Highway 23 is going to be shut down to both lanes of traffic at the intersection of Hwy 23/32nd St Nw. Please find an alternate route at this time for your travels.

*** Travel advisory *** The No Travel Advisory on McKenzie County Roads has been lifted. Citizens should still drive with caution. While wind speeds are less than they were yesterday there are still snow drifts...

***HWY 23 TRAFFIC UPDATE*** Hwy 23 is back open to both lanes of traffic. We appreciate everyone’s patience and allowing the first responders to perform their duties!

***NO TRAVEL ADVISED*** Per the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office there is no travel advised on all county roads within McKenzie County. Visibility is less than 1/4 mile and with the blowing snow it makes it hard to see the lanes. We will advise when conditions get better.

Highway 23 is shut down to both directions of traffic due to an accident at mile marker 14.5. Unknown when the road will be open again. Roads are deteriorating and visibility is poor. If you must drive please do so with caution.

* PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * January 14, 2019 Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy McKenzie County Sheriff Matthew Johansen announced today the hire of Shannon Wellen as...




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