Drug cartels are targeting Montana

Cartels from Mexico have been trafficking drugs into the state's Native American reservations

Photo collage of pills falling over a piece of paper, torn into the shape of Montana. There are holes in the paper where indigenous people's reservations are located.
There's increasing evidence that Montana is being heavily targeted by Mexican drug cartels in an effort to push their product
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

Illegal drugs have long come up from Mexico into more remote parts of the United States, including large swaths of the sparsely populated Northwest U.S. But there is increasing evidence that one state in particular, Montana, is being heavily targeted by Mexican drug cartels in an effort to push their product. 

A new investigation from NBC News found that the cartels have descended on Montana's rural areas in order to sell drugs, particularly opioids. Many of the cartels are specifically targeting the state's six Native American reservations, where "pills can be sold for 20 times the price they get in urban centers closer to the border," NBC said.

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