They've always performed similar work and have often partnered together as they battled drug and violent crimes in their respective geographical boundaries.  Now they'll act as one agency.

Officials with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Boundary Waters Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force have announced the merger of the two agencies.  The main headquarters for the new unit (which will go with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force agency name) will be in Duluth with the Police Department.  The agency will also have two satellite offices in Hibbing and Virginia.

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said that criminals don't know boundaries with the crimes they perform so it's only fitting that these two neighboring agencies should merge to fight crime as one unit.  Even though they often cooperated in the past, the merger will allow for greater resource, information, and equipment sharing.

Click here to read more about the new Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.