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Idaho raid on reservation yields six drug arrests

Lapwai, Idaho (AP) 9-07

Federal prosecutors say six individuals arrested in a drug raid on the Nez Perce Reservation have pleaded not guilty to charges of selling crack cocaine.

Prosecutors say at least two more people have agreed to turn themselves in to federal authorities as part of a lengthy investigation involving tribal, state and local police.
The arrests stem from a series of federal indictments during August, accusing the defendants of selling crack cocaine, and in some cases, within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

“There is no indication they were trying to sell to school children,” said Jean McNeil, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Boise. “It’s just that the drug house in question was located quite close to the school.”

The raid targeting the reservation took place starting on Aug. 23, but authorities released few details because the judge had sealed the indictments.

Defendants were being held pending detention hearings, McNeil said. Trials have been set for October.
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