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Published June 25, 2013, 05:51 PM

East Grand Forks man's sentence reduced after taking down 30 in drug ring

It's a drug ring with 30 people that spanned three states and it's leader, an East Grand Forks man, will now spend 10 years behind bars. Noah Bergland was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for leading a drug ring that encompassed much of the red river valley.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

It's a drug ring with 30 people that spanned three states and it's leader, an East Grand Forks man, will now spend 10 years behind bars. Noah Bergland was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for leading a drug ring that encompassed much of the red river valley.

Authorities named it "Operation Noah's Ark." They say a group of 30 people brought a flood of drugs to northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota. The drug ring spread heroin, cocaine, ecstacy and pot from the twin cities all the way to the red river valley and to williston. In exchange for a lesser sentence, Bergland gave up his 30 other accomplices.

Bergland was looking at 21 years in prison, but the deal he struck knocks his sentence down to 10 years with three years of supervised release.

Along with his imprisonment he is to pay $200 to the Crime Victims fund and forfeit $250,000 to the United States.

That number is equivalent to the amount of money Bergland made dealing drugs from 2008 to 20012.

Of the 30 people involved nearly half were located in the area of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Fargo. All defendants have reached deals with prosecutors and only a handful are waiting to be sentenced.

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