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01/18/2014

North Dakota man arrested on federal firearms charges

BISMARCK, N.D. – A North Dakota man was arrested Saturday on federal firearms charges.

The arrest resulted from a joint investigation conducted by the following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; FBI; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Internal Revenue Service; North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; and the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office.

James Terry Henrikson, 34, of Watford City, N.D., was arrested Jan. 18 in Mandan, N.D. by HSI special agents and the Bismarck/Mandan Metro Area Narcotics Task Force. Henrikson is charged in the District of North Dakota with being a felon in possession of several firearms.

"The arrest of James Henrikson on allegations of illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon should reassure the citizens of the oil patch that federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement are committed to working together to keep western North Dakota safe," said U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Timothy Purdon. "I want to commend the hardworking and skilled Agents who investigated this case and arrested the defendant this afternoon in Mandan without incident."

Purdon stressed that a criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme, District of North Dakota, is prosecuting this case.