Minnesota Man Convicted in Murder of Grand Forks Man

He was charged in the March 2016 shooting death of 24-year-old Austin Forsman

  GRAND FORKS, ND — The head of a meth trafficking ring who ordered the murder of a man in Grand Forks has been found guilty. Modesto Torrez of Angus, Minnesota was convicted in federal court on 3 of 4 counts including murder in the furtherance of a drug conspiracy. He was charged in the March 2016 shooting death of…

Devils Lake Man Sentenced in Meth Drug Dealing Case

He was arrested for being in possession of 12 bags of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia

DEVILS LAKE, ND — A Devils Lake man is sentenced in a drug dealing case. Jeremy Crist, 40, will serve 10 years in federal prison and eight years of supervised release after his term is complete. Crist pleaded guilty to dealing drugs after authorities used an informant to arrange a meth deal with him. He was arrested for being in…

Fargo Police Find Mobile Meth Lab, Hawley Man Arrested

A K9 tipped off officers that drugs were inside the vehicle

FARGO, ND — A man passed out behind the wheel resulted in Fargo authorities finding a mobile meth lab. Police say they found 51-year-old Paul Robertson of Hawley under the influence in a vehicle in the 1800 block of South University Drive early Monday morning. A K9 tipped off officers that drugs were inside the vehicle. A search turned up…

Crookston Woman Pleads Guilty in Red River Valley Meth Trafficking Ring

The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — A Crookston woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a drug related murder in Grand Forks. Lorie Ortiz, 42, admitted that she was involved in attempting to destroy evidence after Austin Forsman was killed in the parking lot of Flying J. The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley….

Former Wells County Sheriff Released from Custody

He abruptly resigned from office last month

WELLS COUNTY, ND — The former Wells County Sheriff has been released from jail after being arrested on drug charges. Johnny Lawson, 41, was arrested Friday and released from jail on Tuesday on a promise to appear in court. Lawson is charged with conspiracy to deliver meth, bribery, providing false information to a law enforcement officer, neglect of duty by…

Three Men Sentenced in Grand Forks Meth Trafficking Case Tied to Murder

The drug trafficking came to light after the shooting death of Austin Forsman at the Flying J in Grand Forks in March 2016

  GRAND FORKS, ND — Three men are headed to prison for meth trafficking in connection with a Grand Forks murder case. A judge sentenced 34-year-old Christopher Ringsrud-Knowles, of Arvilla, 26-year-old Daniel Rodriguez Jr. of Crookston and 27-year-old Aaron Morado of Grand Forks. Rodriguez is sentenced to seven years in prison, Morado is sentenced to 7 ¬Ĺ years and Ringsrud-Knowles…

Wahpeton Man Makes Plea in Meth Bust Case

Two handguns and an assault rifle were also seized during the raid

WAHPETON, ND — A Wahpeton man arrested in one of the largest methamphetamine cases ever in North Dakota has pleads not guilty. Twenty-nine-year-old Louis Dauphinais was arrested in late March after a search of a mobile home by officers with a drug task force. The force¬†allegedly found 13 pounds of meth worth a street value of more than one million…

Las Vegas Stripper Convicted in North Dakota Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced

Toelle pleaded guilty in January to being the leader of a drug-trafficking ring that involved her children and friends from 2009 to 2016

  NORTH DAKOTA — A former Las Vegas stripper who ran a drug trafficking ring that stretched from Washington to North Dakota has been sentenced. Loren Toelle was given more than 17 years in prison. The 52-year-old was also sentenced to five years of probation. Toelle pleaded guilty in January to being the leader of a drug-trafficking ring that involved…

Accused Oil Patch Drug Dealer Reaches Plea Agreement

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years

  BISMARCK, ND — A man accused of dealing large quantities of drugs in the oil patch has reached a plea agreement. The deal calls for 55-year-old Zachary Smith, known as “Old School”, to plead guilty to two counts, including a conspiracy charge. Authorities say Smith was part of an operation that in 2015 and 2016 moved meth and heroin…

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…