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Published December 14, 2012, 08:55 AM

Another former UND student sentenced in drug case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A former University of North Dakota student will have to serve concurrent state and federal sentences for his role in a synthetic drug ring in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota that lead to two overdose deaths.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A former University of North Dakota student will have to serve concurrent state and federal sentences for his role in a synthetic drug ring in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota that lead to two overdose deaths.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that 22-year-old Peter Jevning Hoistad was sentenced to eight years in federal prison this week after he pleaded to conspiracy and distributing illegal drugs. He'll serve that sentence while also serving a three-year term for violating his probation in an unrelated state case.

Federal prosecutors dropped a charge that could have landed Hoistad in prison for life.

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.

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