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Published August 31, 2012, 02:30 PM

Manvel Man Pleads Guilty in Synthetic Drug Death

FARGO — Wesley Sweeney, the Manvel, N.D., man charged with giving two synthetic drugs to a Grand Forks man who died from an apparent overdose, pleaded guilty today Friday in federal court here to a drug conspiracy count.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

FARGO — Wesley Sweeney, the Manvel, N.D., man charged with giving two synthetic drugs to a Grand Forks man who died from an apparent overdose, pleaded guilty today Friday in federal court here to a drug conspiracy count.

Sweeney, 18 and still a senior in high school, was charged with conspiring to possess with intent to deliver and delivering synthetic drugs — ecstasy and something called “acid,” — that led to serious injury and death. The drugs caused the overdose death June 11 of Christian Bjerk, 18, and the overdose of “C.J., a 15-year-old boy who spent several days in critical care in Altru Hospital after ingesting the drugs, said Chris Myers, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case. Sweeney also ingested the drugs the same night and was hospitalized overnight.

Sweeney is the third man charged in federal court in what U.S . Attorney Timothy Purdon called “a bad batch,” of synthetic drugs made by Andrew Spofford, 22, in Grand Forks that killed two and sent at least five young people to the hospital. It led to a wide-ranging, quickly mounted investigation involving local, state and federal officials. Myers has said the conspiracy is larger and that more people will be charged

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