U.S., North Dakota: Detroit drug dealers have arrived on Amtrak trains

By Andrea Johnson, Staff Writer, Minot Daily News; June 29, 2020

A Ward County Narcotics Task Force Officer acknowledged under oath in January that law enforcement has profiled young men who are arriving in Minot from the Detroit area on the Amtrak train because that has been a hub for drugs arriving in the area.

One such defendant, Larry Devon Jones, 26, Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty earlier this month in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of fentanyl in the Minot area. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 8 in Bismarck. The maximum sentence for the offense is 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised probation. A plea agreement filed with the court shows that the prosecution has agreed to recommend a sentence at the low end of the range.

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