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Published July 19, 2010, 07:59 AM

North Dakota man pleads guilty in drug case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man has pleaded guilty in a drug conspiracy that stretched from Texas to North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man has pleaded guilty in a drug conspiracy that stretched from Texas to North Dakota.

Michael John Brown was charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Authorities say he received between 450 and 800 pounds of marijuana between 2003 and 2008 to distribute in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Brown faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and maximum term of 40 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 30.

Three other people are charged in the case. Donald Sears pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is set to be sentenced on Aug. 23. Juan Perez and Lesvia Perez have pleaded not guilty.

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