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Looking back at "Operation Cooperation"

NEAR MARION, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts flock to South Dakota every year for the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, but decades ago, the ride to the Black Hills had some road blocks.

This week marks the 21st anniversary of a massive two-day narcotic and alcohol check point initiative dubbed "Operation Cooperation".
All motorists traveling west on I-90 were flagged to rest stop near Marion, where they were then questioned and searched if officers believed they had drugs or other illegal substances.

Dozens of arrests were made over the course of those two days, but a district judge later ruled those arrests unconstitutional.
One trooper who was on the job that week and says a similar checkpoint wouldn't be feasible today.

"We had a saturation on the interstate this weekend that was safety-related, where our own probable cause was established it was a life-saving campaign throughout the United States, but we wouldn't do something on the 1993 measure," said State Patrol Investigator John Danielson.

Attendance at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally could top 500,000 people.

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