Rick Volk, '91, appointed to lead Bakken Strike Force

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Volk has been promoted to supervisor of the Bakken Strike Force, acting U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Chris Myers announced Thursday.

In June, federal, state and local authorities from North Dakota and Montana announced the new strike force, which involves more than 50 agents aimed at targeting human traffickers, illegal drugs and weapons, white-collar criminals and other organized crime in oil-producing regions.

Volk will lead the Bakken Strike Force and its response to organized crime in the Bakken and supervise prosecutors who are part of the effort.

Volk joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2002 after working as a prosecutor in Burleigh County for more than nine years. He has primarily been assigned to prosecute violent crime occurring in Indian country and served as the point of contact for both the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, which is in the heart of the Bakken.

Volk will continue to be based in Bismarck.