The U.S. Marshals Service's High Plains Fugitive Task Force and the Bureau of Indian Affairs conducted a large-scale warrant operation on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.
Operation Northern Lights targeted fugitives located within the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation who were wanted on federal, state or local felony warrants including drug offenses and other serious crimes.
Eighteen people were arrested during the 10-hour operation.
Notable arrests from the operation include:
Terrell Laducer, 33, was arrested without incident in a camper located near Lake Desjarlis north of Belcourt. Laducer was wanted based on a federal warrant charging conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, aiding and abetting conspiracy to commit money laundering. Laducer had been a fugitive since December 3, 2015 and had evaded law enforcement several times since the warrant was issued. Authorities secured a search warrant for the camper following his arrest after observing a firearm a drug paraphernalia inside.
Another arrest team was simultaneously checking for Laducer at 10184 BIA Road 7 and located two wanted fugitives there. Jair de Jesus Carillo Guardado, 29, a Mexican national with resident alien status was arrested on 5 felony warrants from Ward County charging 2 counts of possession of controlled substance, 2 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Shanna Davis, 30, was arrested on a tribal probation revocation charge.
Robert Peltier, Sr., 51, was arrested after a lengthy standoff at a residence in the San Haven area of Dunseith. When officers arrived the occupants of the residence refused to open the door. The officers secured a search warrant and breached the door to gain entry. Peltier was located and arrested in a back bedroom. The officers then began looking for Peltier's son, Robert Peltier, Jr., 25, who was wanted on Rolette County felony warrants charging him with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and and simple assault. Peltier Jr. surrendered himself at the BIA Police Department when he learned they were looking for him. He was taken into custody.
Intelligence gathered from the Peltier arrests led authorities to. residence on Jackrabbit Road in northeast Dunseith where three subjects were arrested. As officers approached the residence Lucas St. Claire, 31, ran out the back door and was pursued by officers on foot. He was captured after a brief chase. St. Claire was wanted on a Grand Forks Count warrant charging him with failure to appear on criminal mischief charges. Jason Larocque, 44, was arrested based on a two felony warrants charging him with fleeing from police. Charlotte Fleetwood, 26, was arrested on a tribal warrant charging contempt of court.
Agencies that participated in the Operation Northern Lights included the U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation; North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Division, North Dakota State Highway Patrol, Rolette County Sheriff's Office, Rolla Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, and Homeland Security Investigations.