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Published March 04, 2013, 01:35 PM

Jury: Ardoch, ND, Man Didn't Slip Drug Into Co-Worker’s Drink

A jury in Grafton, N.D., has acquitted Ricardo Sanchez of felony reckless endangerment in a strange case alleging he dosed a co-worker’s coffee with a sleep-inducing sedative.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

A jury in Grafton, N.D., has acquitted Ricardo Sanchez of felony reckless endangerment in a strange case alleging he dosed a co-worker’s coffee with a sleep-inducing sedative.

Sanchez, 44, is from Ardoch, N.D.

According to the charges filed by Walsh County State’s Attorney Barb Whelan, Sanchez, slipped medication into a co-worker’s coffee while at work at the Forest River Bean Co., Forest River, N.D.

The medication made the co-worker sleepy, creating an unsafe work environment, according to the charge.

Sanchez was charged a year ago and pleaded not guilty last summer. He failed to show up for court in October and a judge issued an arrest warrant.

His jury trial began last Tuesday and ended Thursday, with the jury returning a not-guilty verdict, according to the offices of Whelan and of Sanchez’s defender, Rhiannon Gorham, Grand Forks.

Sanchez no longer works at the bean plant, a company employee said.

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