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Sheriff to Lobby for Synthetic Drug Laws

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  Grand Forks Police say they have not had any more incidents involving synthetic drugs in the City, since 2 young men died after taking a homemade batch of synthetic drugs in June.

  However, the Sheriff's Department says they're still finding synthetic drugs during traffic stops. But, they're not armed with any state laws to make an arrest.

Sheriff Bob Rost: "But really there's no laws in the State of North Dakota that cover the use of these synthetic drugs and that's why we're going to the legislature coming up… to get some laws."

  Rost says federal laws are in place, but they need something on the state books to give them some teeth in stopping the manufacture and use of synthetic drugs.

Sheriff Bob Rost: "We want to ensure that we do whatever we can to stay ahead of the game."

  The case involving the death of 2 men by synthetic drugs in Grand Forks last summer is still under investigation by federal authorities. So far, ten people have been charged in connection with that case.

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