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Stephen J. Lee, Forum News Service, Published March 04 2013

Jury: ND man didn't slip drug into co-worker’s drink

GRAFTON, N.D. - A jury in Grafton has acquitted Ricardo Sanchez of felony reckless endangerment in a strange case alleging he dosed a co-worker’s coffee with a sleep-inducing sedative.

Sanchez, 44, is from Ardoch, N.D.

According to the charges filed by Walsh County State’s Attorney Barb Whelan, Sanchez, slipped medication into a co-worker’s coffee while at work at the Forest River Bean Co., Forest River, N.D.

The medication made the co-worker sleepy, creating an unsafe work environment, according to the charge.

Sanchez was charged a year ago and pleaded not guilty last summer. He failed to show up for court in October and a judge issued an arrest warrant.

His jury trial began last Tuesday and ended Thursday, with the jury returning a not-guilty verdict, according to the offices of Whelan and of Sanchez’s defender, Rhiannon Gorham, Grand Forks.