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Published August 20, 2013, 03:29 PM

Eighth person sentenced in synthetic drug case

U.S. District Court in Fargo sentenced an eighth person involved with a synthetic drug conspiracy that led to the death of two Grand Forks teenagers.

U.S. District Court in Fargo sentenced an eighth person involved with a synthetic drug conspiracy that led to the death of two Grand Forks teenagers.

23-year-old Allyson Desantos is sentenced to three years of probation -- the lightest sentence so far in the case that has seen seven others already sentenced to up to more than 12 years in federal prison. Hallucinogens made and distributed by Andrew Spofford in Grand Forks last year led to the deaths of 18 year old Christian Bjerk and 17 yr old Elijah Stai. Debra Bjerk, Christian's mother, tells us she trusts in the prosecutors. She says synthetic drugs are a growing problem and the dealers need to be taken off the street in order.

"The people that put these drugs on the street don't care about he ramifications of what they're doing and the people that they affect and the families that they hurt," Says Bjerk.

Debra and her husband Keith plan on speaking at schools to better inform kids on the dangers of synthetic drugs.

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