Federal prosecutors revealed indictments against three young men in February. They say the three and others conspired to possess and distribute drugs in relation to a total of five overdoses that caused serious bodily injury and death.
A North Dakota man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distribution of methamphetamine and the illegal use of a firearm while engaging in drug trafficking. In their Nov. 4 announcement, federal prosecutors claimed the charges were related to his alleged participation in the violent kidnapping and beating of another man in 2012.
A North Dakota man who was found guilty on July 28 for conspiracy to distribute drugs that resulted in injury or death received 12 years in prison. According to reports, the 53-year-old man was accused of bringing over 33 pounds of methamphetamine into the state. The methamphetamine was allegedly linked to two deaths caused by overdose. The man who was sentenced was just one of several individuals who were indicted in 2013. The man and a second person were both charged for the death of the man's 59-year-old girlfriend on Feb. 6, 2013.