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Associated Press, Published December 05 2010

Man gets prison for role in drug conspiracy

A man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy tabbed “Operation Budapest.”

Bruce Applegren, 50, was charged in federal court in Fargo with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty in September.

Authorities say the conspiracy spanned from California and Nebraska to Minnesota and North Dakota. At least 15 people have been indicted in the case.