Overdose

Fentanyl Ring Investigation Lands North Dakota Prosecution Team DEA Award

"Administrator's Award for Outstanding Group Achievement"

U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Christopher Myers/Bailey Henke, Grand ForksFARGO, N.D. — An investigation into a deadly fentanyl ring has resulted in a prestigious award for U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers and his team. The DEA has recognized the team of investigators and prosecutors with the “Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Group Achievement” at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. This is the…

Wisconsin Man Tied To Moorhead Overdose Death Found Guilty

Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was convicted of six counts of possessing and distributing drugs

FARGO, N.D. — A federal jury in Fargo has found a Wisconsin man guilty of several drug crimes tied to numerous overdoses. 28-year-old Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was convicted of six counts of possessing and distributing drugs. The trial lasted six days. Harris was linked to heroin that caused one overdose death in Moorhead and two nonfatal overdoses in Fargo…

North Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Drug Maker Purdue Pharma

Six States Blame Company For Role In Overdose Deaths

North Dakota and five other states are filing a lawsuit against a drug maker for overdose deaths. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Purdue Pharma “misrepresented and trivialized” the risk of addiction from prolonged opioid use. He says the company promoted the drugs through a “pervasive and deceptive marketing campaign.” Similar lawsuits are being filed in Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee…

Suspect In Drug Trafficking Overdose Death In Grand Forks Pleads Guilty

He is one of 32 people accused of dealing large amounts of fentanyl in the U.S and Canada

FARGO, N.D. — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in an international drug trafficking investigation that began with an overdose death in Grand Forks in 2015. Anthony Gomes, also known as Ant, entered guilty pleas to drug and money laundering charges. He is one of 32 people accused of dealing large amounts of fentanyl in the U.S and Canada. The…

Prince’s Heirs Have Yet To Collect Any Money From His Estate

Rock Star Died Two Years Ago This Month

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — As the second anniversary of Prince’s death approaches, the rock star’s heirs have yet to collect a dollar of his estimated $200 million estate. But bankers, lawyers and consultants have earned millions from it. The long saga to settle the estate provides a cautionary tale about what can happen when someone dies without leaving a will. Prince…

Man Deceased “For Some Time” From Suspected Drug Overdose

Acquaintances Found The Man's Body On Saturday Night

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A man was found dead at a home in Beltrami County and it appears he died of a suspected drug overdose. The sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Timothy Yerbich of Tenstrike, Minnesota was found by acquaintances on Saturday night. Deputies believe Yerbich had been deceased for some time. The preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of death…

Two Found Dead In Red Lake May Be Due To Opiate Overdose

One victim was male and the other female and both were adults.

RED LAKE, MN — Red Lake Police report two victims of a possible drug overdose. Two bodies were found at a Red Lake residence January 26, 2018. One victim was male and the other female and both were adults. Police say it’s not clear what specific drug may have contributed to their deaths but say it was most likely opiate…

Medical Examiner: Singer Tom Petty Died of Accidental Opioid Overdose

The coroner says Petty had traces of fentanyl, oxycodone and several other drugs in his system

ReutersLOS ANGELES, Calif. — An autopsy report concludes that singer and songwriter, Tom Petty, died from an accidental drug overdose. Petty, 66, had just ended a tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, when he suffered a heart attack at his home in Malibu on october 2. The coroner says Petty had traces of fentanyl, oxycodone and several other drugs in…

Three More Native American Tribes Join Opioid Lawsuit

Allegations include deceptive marketing and fraud

  REGIONAL — Three more Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribes allege that they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. The lawsuit follows more than 70…

White Earth Reservation Police Going Door to Door with Narcan

In many of the cases, a toll free hotline has alerted his office, which in turn notifies the overdose response team

  WHITE EARTH, Minn. — Narcan is saving lives on the White Earth Reservation. The medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose has been distributed door-to-door in communities across the reservation. Police Chief Michael LaRoque calls it an “uphill battle,” but he says since an “urgent health crisis” was declared in mid-December several people have been saved by the…