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Published May 30, 2013, 09:52 AM

North Dakota Supreme Court deciding synthetic drug case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Supreme Court justices are considering whether police officers illegally seized and searched a package in a synthetic drug case that resulted in the conviction of two Mandan business owners.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Supreme Court justices are considering whether police officers illegally seized and searched a package in a synthetic drug case that resulted in the conviction of two Mandan business owners.

William Nickel and Ryan Zueger were convicted last year of conspiracy to deliver synthetic drugs. The two own the Mandan smoke shop Big Willies. Their one- and two-year prison sentences were stayed pending the appeal.

At the heart of the case is a package shipped by the business that officers examined without a warrant. Prosecutors say it was proper but defense attorneys disagree. The Supreme Court will rule later.

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