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How many different law enforcement agencies were working on solving the murder in Dance Hall of the Dead?

A total of six different law enforcement agencies worked on solving the murder case in Dance Hall of the Dead.

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During the course of the investigation that unfolds in Dance Hall of the Dead, no less than six law enforcement agencies play a role. Three of these made up of local and tribal authorities, while the other three are federal institutions. The first officers to get involved are Zuni Police Chief Ed Pasquaanti and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Leaphorn is a Najavo detective who has both unsurpassed tracking skills and in-depth knowledge of Najavo traditions. Leaphorn’s motive is to protect George Bowlegs, who many in the community believe to be the murderer. Leaphorn, on the other hand, is convinced that Bowlegs is likely to be the next victim.

The FBI later takes control of the investigation, because they believe that the case is related to illegal drug smuggling. Representatives of the federal drug enforcement agency show up, as well as tribal police, state police, tribal police, and elders. Ultimately,...

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