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Associated Press, Published January 23 2013

10 accused in synthetic drug case appear in court

BISMARCK — Ten people accused of conspiring to sell synthetic drugs out of a downtown Bismarck store are being allowed to remain free on their promises to appear in court.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that officers in June seized more than 10 pounds of synthetic drugs from Discontent. Authorities say all of the drugs matched illegal substances.

Discontent's owner, manager and eight employees were charged in December for selling the substances. They made their initial court appearances this week.

Surrogate Judge Benny Graff scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for March 1.

The North Dakota Board of Pharmacy used an emergency rule in February 2010 to outlaw numerous chemicals being used to make synthetic versions of common street drugs. The 2011 North Dakota Legislature expanded the law.

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