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Published October 12, 2012, 08:50 AM

Member of synthetic drug ring pleads guilty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A man charged in what authorities say is a synthetic drug ring that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers has pleaded guilty in federal court in Fargo.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A man charged in what authorities say is a synthetic drug ring that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers has pleaded guilty in federal court in Fargo.

The Grand Forks Herald reports 22-year-old former University of North Dakota student Peter Hoistad is the sixth person to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case.

Investigators say the ring manufactured synthetic drugs that led to the two deaths and the hospitalization of several other people in Grand Forks in June.

Hoistad pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and to distributing illegal drugs. Prosecutors dropped a charge that the drugs resulted in injury and death, which could have landed Hoistad in prison for life. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 3.

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