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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • High school student, Sweeney, gets 12 years in synthetic drug case

  • He'd pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to distribute drugs that resulted in death.
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  • A North Dakota high school student has been sentenced to prison for his role in a synthetic drug ring that resulted in a handful of apparent overdoses and two deaths.
    The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/UoTXCT) that 18-year-old Wesley Sweeney, of Manvel, was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison Monday. He'd pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to distribute drugs that resulted in death.
    Prosecutors say he bought the hallucinogens in June and gave them to two teenagers, including 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, who was found dead the next day.
    Sweeney, who also took the drug, says Bjerk was one of his best friends and apologized.
    Prosecutors say 22-year-old Andrew Spofford made the drugs after ordering chemicals from overseas. Spofford pleaded guilty last month. He'll be sentenced next year.

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