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Narcotics Unit

The Narcotics unit consists of five narcotics detectives. Four of the detectives concentrate on investigations in the city of Fargo while one of the detectives is federally deputized and serves on the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, investigating federal drug cases in the region.

The  Narcotics Unit is not only responsible for drug crimes, but also gangs and prostitution. The unit relies heavily on information from the public as the starting point for most investigations. 

The Fargo Police Department's Narcotics Unit investigates and enforces drug, gang, weapon and vice law violations within the city of Fargo. The unit is also committed to assisting the community in reducing the impact of illegal drugs, prostitution and gun violence through education and prevention programs.

The Narcotics Unit works closely with the Intelligence Unit to collect and act on drug, gun, gang and vice crime activity in conjunction with the following law enforcement entities:
•      Cass County Drug Task Force  
•      Moorhead Police Department
•      Clay County Sheriff's Office 
•      U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
•      North Dakota Parole and Probation  
•      U.S. Bureau of Alochol, Tobacco and Firearms 
•      United States Custom Service

The use, sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine had been a serious problem in our community over the past several years. The combined efforts of law enforcement and the F-M community have resulted in a 75% decrease in the number of methamphetamine-related cases investigated by FPD since 2005. You can continue to help us fight our community's drug-related problems by reporting suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Only with the help of citizens like you, can we make a positive impact on crime in our community.

We all suffer from the effects of illegal activity such as drug trafficking, gun violence, gang activity and prostitution. Quality-of-life issues such as the health and welfare of our children, public safety, increasing crime rates, higher medical costs and lost productivity are all related to such crimes. 

For general questions or to request a speaker from our unit at your event, contact:
Sgt. Mike Erbes
(701) 241-1456

To report potential drug activity, gang activity, illegal firearm possession or sale, prostitution, or other criminal activity, contact:
Detective Bret Witte 
(701) 241-1419

Please leave your name and phone number; providing this information does not mean it will be mentioned in a police report. While we do accept anonymous tips, they are much more difficult and costly to investigate. Often these tips are missing small pieces of information that would allow us to apply for a search warrant. We investigate them as our resources allow, but with no phone number to call for more information, we often hit a dead end.