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Last Person Sentenced to 20 years in Synthetic Drug Trafficking Case

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The last person has been sentenced in a drug trafficking case that led to the overdose deaths of two Northern Valley teens.

Charles Carlton, from Texas, who has been called the leader of this synthetic drug ring, will serve 20 years and six months in prison. Judge Erickson also sentenced Carlton to three of years of supervised release and a $300 special assessment to be paid to the Crime Victims Fund. Carlton was also ordered to forfeit $385,000 in proceeds related to Motion Resources. 

The U.S. Attorney said he hopes now that the case is wrapped up, it provides some measure of justice to the families. 

On June 11, 2012, Grand Forks Police responded to a call of a male lying on a sidewalk. Upon arrival they found 18-year-old Christian Bjerk dead from an overdose. A few blocks away officers found two other males, 18-year-old Wesley Sweeney and a 15-year-old male also disorientating and hallucinating. Both were taken to a local hospital. 

Two days later law enforcement would once again respond to a call for service as Elijah Stai, 17-years-old had stopped breathing and ultimately died from a drug overdose.

U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon, in conjunction with local law enforcement, immediately warned the public about the potential dangers of these substances. 

Throughout the investigation 14 other defendants were sentenced in connection to the case. Five of those defendants also pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute analogue controlled substance resulting in death. 

The sentences for the other defendants are as follows: 

Casey Rosen -Minneapolis, Minn. 20 years 

Andrew Spofford- Fargo, N.D. 17.5 years 

Wesley Sweeney- Manvel, N.D. 12.5 years 

Adam Budge- Grand Forks, N.D. 11.3 years 

John Polinski- Houston, Texas 11 years 

Peter Hoistad- Grand Forks, N.D. 8 years 

Ryan Lane- East Grand Forks, Minn. 5 years 

William Fox- Grand Forks, N.D. 4 years 

Byron Landry- Kiln, Miss. 40 months 

Stephen Bucher- Bemidji, Minn. 36 months 

Ron Norling- Grand Forks, N.D. 27 months 

Dilion Breen - Grand Forks, N.D. 16 months 

Scott Anthony- Grand Forks, N.D. 15 months 

Allyson Desantos- Grand Forks, N.D. Probation

The case was iinvestigatedby Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Internal Revenue Service, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Grand Forks Police Department. 

*Some information taken directly from press release sent by U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota.

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