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Published July 18, 2012, 05:32 PM

Man Charged in 2 Teens' Overdose Deaths Remains Jailed on $300K Bond

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The man behind bars who police say is the main source of the synthetic drug problem in the northern valley was back in court Wednesday morning. He's charged in connection to two teen deaths.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The man behind bars who police say is the main source of the synthetic drug problem in the northern valley was back in court Wednesday morning.

He's charged in connection to two teen deaths.

22-year-old Andrew Spofford is being held on $300,000 bond, and as of Wednesday afternoon, has not posted bail.

He's charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Reckless Endangerment, among other charges.

56 pages of documents detail what happened the nights both Christian Bjerk and Elijah Stai overdosed on drugs. Police searched Spofford's apartment in which at least 20 drug-related items were seized.

Parents, college students, and even teens agree the recent wrash of synthetic drug cases that have swept the northern valley have made an impact on adolescents.

"It's funny because, when I was younger in middle school/high school it wasn't anything I've ever heard of before and now 18-year-olds are going to the hospital and dying because of it," Bethenny Brandvold said.

Brandvold is a member of an area drug coalition and says when a kid has the opportunity to try something out, they usually take it.

"It's shocking and it's upsetting. They don't think about they future they just go at it for that night and they don't think this could potentially kill me," Brandvold said.

And now, two teens are dead because of a batch of synthetic drugs, police say came from Spofford.

When police searched his apartment, they came up with 500 grams of Ketamine, four ounces of "Molly," which is slang for Ecstacy, and acid as well as multiple smoking and inhaling devices, syringes containing liquid, plastic bags containing marijuana and white residue, and a straw snort tube among many other items.

President Obama signed a federal ban on synthetic drugs last week. And although they're now illegal nationwide, people say they aren't sure if that will stop the problem.

"I just hope that more education and awareness come out of this and kids catch on and realize this isn't something cool to do," Brandvold said.

Spofford's next court appearance is August 6.

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