DREW WRIGLEY

What’s next? Former U.S. Attorney outlines possibilities after judge overturns Rodriguez death penalty

Drew WrigleyFARGO (KVRR) – The man who led the prosecution in the death penalty case against Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. says now that a federal judge has overturned Rodriguez’s death sentence, the government’s next move will likely be decided at “the top levels of the Justice Department.” “On a case like this, I would imagine that the Solicitor General of the…

Wrigley discusses death penalty moratorium, national security issues before departure

FARGO (KVRR) – The only person nominated twice as North Dakota’s chief federal prosecutor has officially stepped down. Wrigley’s highest profile case was the 2006 prosecution of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who remains on death row for the murder of Dru Sjodin. Wrigley was asked about President Biden’s plans to possibly place a moratorium on federal executions. “I start off from…

Arrests made in ND drug pipeline

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Outgoing U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Drew Wrigley announces key arrests in a major drug trafficking investigation. Several members of the Michigan Reub gang are currently in custody due to a joint investigation between North Dakota and Michigan agencies. Wrigley says the operation involves tens of millions of dollars of narcotics and thus far has targeted…

Drug pipeline brought ‘tens of millions of dollars’ of narcotics to North Dakota

FARGO – Federal authorities say they are investigating a drug pipeline that involves moving the powerful opioid fentanyl and other painkillers from the Detroit area to three Native American reservations in North Dakota. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says the operation involves “tens of millions of dollars” of narcotics and thus far has targeted 22 defendants from Michigan and eight from…

U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley resigns effective Feb. 28

FARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley submitted his resignation to President Biden Tuesday. Wrigley’s resignation is effective Feb. 28, which is the date Biden expects many of President Trump’s appointees to step down. Wrigley has served as U.S. Attorney for a combined total of ten years, and is the only North Dakotan to have been twice presidentially…

Fargo man sentenced to four months in jail for downtown riot

FARGO (KVRR) – A Fargo man will spend four months in jail for participating in riots in downtown Fargo following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Twenty-one-year-old Abdimanan Bana Habib was also ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution. “The defendant crossed a line when he resorted to violence and destruction” U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley said. “His choice left him wrapped in…

Federal grand jury indicts Michigan man, 5,000 fentanyl pills seized

FARGO (KVRR) – A federal grand jury has indicted a Michigan man suspected of transporting large quantities of fentanyl pills to North Dakota. Twenty-five-year-old Larry Owens III is charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl over 400 grams. Federal prosecutors say Owens was arrested in June 10, 2020, while transporting hundreds of suspected fentanyl pills. After…

Virginia man smuggled 171 lb of waterfowl from Canada to North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A Virginia man has been ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and sentenced to two years’ probation for smuggling 171 pounds of migratory waterfowl meat through the Port of Entry at Portal, N.D. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says 52-year-old Gene Childers of Seaford, VA transported approximately 207 birds over the border.  Childers was charged with Unlawful…

Man sentenced to 14 years for possessing child porn, impersonating officer

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A Carson, N.D. man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography and impersonating a federal officer. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says 41-year-old Robert James Zeller was also ordered to serve 5 years of supervised release. Wrigley says in 2018, while Zeller was on supervised release for committing a prior sex offense,…

More people indicted for trafficking drugs on North Dakota Indian reservations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – More charges have been filed in connection with what federal prosecutors say is a “pipeline” that’s transporting drugs from the Detroit area to Indian reservations in North Dakota. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says about 30 more people have been indicted charges in addition to the 26 defendants charged in federal court Thursday. Wrigley tells KVRR News…