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Mother of Andrew Sadek Speaks Out on New Law

"Andrew's Law", named for Andrew Sadek, will provide more protections for undercover drug informants by clarifying their rights

FARGO, N.D. — The mother of a college student whose body was found in the Red River three years ago says she’s generally pleased with the law in her son’s name. “Andrew’s Law”, named for Andrew Sadek, will provide more protections for undercover drug informants by clarifying their rights. It’ll also allow them to talk with a lawyer before agreeing…

Man Convicted in Area Meth Bust Loses Bid for Shorter Sentence

The appeals court panel says Cossette has a violent criminal history and poses a danger to the community

  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A man charged in a conspiracy to sell meth in the metro has lost his bid for a shorter prison term. Marc Cossette was sentenced to 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2013. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals says U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson of Fargo did not abuse his…

Gov. Burgum Signs “Andrew’s Law”

The bill clarifies the rights of people offered the role as a confidential drug informant

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum has signed “Andrew’s Law” to establish protections for confidential drug informants. The action comes more than three years after 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek was found dead in a river with a bullet in his head and a backpack of rocks tied to his body. His parents lobbied lawmakers to pass legislation so that…

Hell’s Kitchen Fans Mourn the Loss of 2016-17 Contestant from Drug Overdose

Giganti was well-known on the show for his last-minute dish saves and getting into a few feuds with Gordon Ramsey

  PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — Sad news for Hell’s Kitchen fans. Paulie Giganti, who was a star chef on Fox’s 16th season of the show, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose at his home in Philadelphia. Authorities say his body tested positive for drugs but did not release what kind were found. Giganti was well-known on the show…

Why There Is Such A Need For A Methadone Clinic In Fargo

The drug abuse problem in Fargo will soon come to an end

Since 2012, more than 90 people have died in Cass County from an opioid overdose. Now there’s a new clinic to help those struggling with addiction. “You can expect to die 15 to 20 years earlier than someone that does not have an opioid abuse disorder,” said Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator with Fargo Cass Public Health, Robyn Sall. Help is…

Parents of Andrew Sadek Testify in Senate Committee Hearing

She told a Senate Committee that potential informants should be better informed of their legal options to understand the risks they may be taking

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Emotional testimony from the parents of Andrew Sadek in Bismarck. Tammy Sadek fought back tears as she talked about her 20-year-old son who had been recruited by police to become a drug informant after he was accused of selling marijuana. The NDSCS student went missing in May 2014 and was later found dead. Sadek believes her…

Man Pleads Guilty in a Fargo Motel Drug Bust

A Minneapolis man pleads guilty to felony drug and weapons charges

FARGO, N.D. — A Minneapolis man is sentenced in a 2015 drug bust case at a Fargo motel. Charles Erdmann pleaded guilty in December to felony drug and weapons charges. The judge sentenced Erdmann to 19 years in prison. Erdmann was arrested with another man, Corey Stevens of Fargo after police raided their motel room and found more than $100,000…

Fargo Police Set the Record Straight on State’s Good Samaritan Law

The law gives immunity to fellow drug users to encourage them to call for help during a drug overdose

FARGO, N.D. — Details of a drug arrest from May of last year have raised questions about North Dakota’s Good Samaritan Law. Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd took to Facebook to clear up the confusion. Authorities want to remind the public that saving someone’s life is their top priority. North Dakota’s Good Samaritan Law is designed to help authorities save…

Minnesota Lawmaker Pushes for Recreational Marijuana Use

State Rep. Jon Applebaum says attitudes of Minnesotans are changing towards marijuana use

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota Democrat says it’s time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The state passed a tightly controlled medical marijuana law in 2014. It bans using the plant form, and is only available to residents with a handful of severe conditions. State Rep. Jon Applebaum said he’s planning a bill that would add Minnesota…

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction Takes Action

The Blue Ribbon Commission is working to end opioid abuse and addiction in the Fargo-Moorhead community

The CDC says drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the nation. Since 2012, the Cass County Coroner reports there have been more than 60 overdose deaths in the county. So how are local officials working together to come up with a plan to fight back? The mayors of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth and Horace have…