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Forum staff reports, Published September 04 2012

Drug paraphernalia seized, dozen people arrested or cited after police bust West Fargo party

WEST FARGO - Police responding to a loud party complaint here Monday seized more than 50 pieces of drug paraphernalia and arrested or cited a dozen people, Assistant Chief Mike Reitan said.

Officers were called at 1:05 a.m. to 944 1st St. W. Upon arriving, they heard loud talking and music, and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment, Reitan said.

Officers entered the house and seized 54 items of drug paraphernalia, all of it related to marijuana, including pipes and bongs, Reitan said. A small amount of a white substance believed to be ecstasy and a small amount of marijuana in a baggie also were recovered, he said.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of drug paraphernalia possession, one faces additional drug possession charges and one was arrested on a warrant. Eight minors were cited for consumption, and one of them also was arrested for allegedly fleeing police. He was caught at the scene, Reitan said.

Reitan said the scope of the bust was a "little bit unusual."

"Normally you don't come across that number of pieces" of paraphernalia, he said.

All of those arrested or cited were ages 18 to 20 and from West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead or Perham, Minn.