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Forum staff reports, Published August 04 2010

Fargo man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Fargo man faces a possible life sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that accuse him of selling methamphetamine, resulting in another person’s death by an overdose.

Jesse Ryan Walters, 26, of Fargo, was charged along with 26 other defendants in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy known as “Operation Budapest,” which spanned from California and Nebraska to Minnesota and North Dakota between January 2008 and March 2010.

Walters pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to selling in excess of 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine as part of the conspiracy. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Fargo, Walters admitted that some of the methamphetamine he sold resulted in an overdose death in Bismarck in August 2009.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and to felon in possession of a firearm.

Walters is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court.

Fraser seeks donations for rummage sale

Fraser’s Stepping Stones Resource Center is accepting donations for its community rummage sale fundraiser to support programs for youths.

Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 26 at the Stepping Stones Resource Center, 2902 S. University Drive, Fargo. Appointments can also be made for pick-ups. Tax-free in-kind donation receipts will be given.

Accepted items are gently used clothing, household items, kitchen gadgets, lawn and garden supplies, electronics, books, furniture and toys.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up appointment, call Sarah or Chris at (701) 232-3301.