OXYCODONE

Bismarck man accused of running drug operation

BISMARCK, N.D. – Prosecutors have accused a Bismarck man of leading an illegal drug operation that trafficked thousands of oxycodone pills into Bismarck. Layne Johs is charged with four felonies, including leading a criminal organization. Authorities say Johs is the kingpin of “an ongoing drug trafficking and money laundering organization” that has a network of users, traffickers, distributors, and a…

Charges announced in large drug operation on Native American reservations in ND

Investigators are calling it "Operation Blue Prairie"

NORTH DAKOTA — Twenty six people are charged in what is being called an unprecedented drug distribution enterprise on Indian country in North Dakota. Operation Blue Prairie is the investigation into a large drug ring taking place on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain and Fort Berthold Indian Reservations since 2015. “It was the objective of this conspiracy to target…

Fargo Police warn of Fentanyl laced pills connected to several overdoses

The pills are connected to several overdosed throughout North Dakota.

FARGO, N.D.–The Fargo Police Department is warning the community about counterfeit pills that have been laced with Fentanyl. The pills are connected to several overdosed throughout North Dakota. Police say the pills resemble 30mg Oxycodone. They have a greet tint and usually are printed with an “M” on one side and a “30” on the other side. Anyone who illegally…

Police Intercept Supply of Oxycodone Headed to Reservation

Police arrested two men who said they had more than 200 oxycodone pills in their possession.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Law enforcement officers say they’ve intercepted a supply of oxycodone headed for the Berthold Indian Reservation. Police arrested two men Wednesday in Bismarck during a traffic stop who said they had more than 200 oxycodone pills in their possession. Authorities say each pill can sell for $80 on the reservation. Thirty-two-year-old Michael Ellington and 31-year-old Byron Cooper made initial…

Cigna Announcing They Won’t be Covering OxyContin Beginning in 2018

OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone

  NATIONAL — One of the largest health insurers in the country is announcing they will no longer cover OxyContin beginning in 2018. Cigna officials say they are working to curb opioid abuse and with overdose rates continuing to climb, they want to help in the fight. OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone. Cigna officials say they…

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…

Grand Forks Police Say Fentanyl Laced Oxy Hitting the Streets

The narcotics task force just seized hundreds of these blue pills in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks

  GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Police in Grand Forks have issued a warning about a dangerous drug that is circulating in the region. The narcotics task force just seized hundreds of these blue pills in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The markings on the pills are consistent with oxycodone pills, however, these pills are believed to be laced with…