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Published July 10, 2012, 11:44 AM

East Grand Forks man pleads guilty to forming drug-trafficking ring

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A 26-year-old man with a four-year college degree has pleaded guilty to organizing a drug-trafficking ring that supplied heroin, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy across North Dakota and Minnesota.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A 26 year-old man with a four-year college degree has pleaded guilty to organizing a drug-trafficking ring that supplied heroin, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy across North Dakota and Minnesota.

Noah Bergland, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The plea agreement calls for him to forfeit $250,000 in drug sale proceeds.

Prosecutors say the drugs were picked up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and elsewhere and sold to distributors and customers in the North Dakota cities of Fargo, Grand Forks and Williston and the Minnesota cities of Alexandria and Thief River Falls.

Bergland pleaded guilty to money laundering and continuing criminal enterprise.

The criminal enterprise charge can carry a mandatory life prison sentence. Prosecutors say the quantity of drugs in question doesn't meet that standard.

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