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Forum staff reports, Published June 24 2013

Roseau man sentenced for role in extensive drug distribution ring

FARGO – A Roseau, Minn., man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court here for his part in a drug ring that brought heroin, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy from the Twin Cities to North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Noah Bergland was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $200 victim-witness fee and forfeit $250,000 to the U.S. government, a news release stated.

Bergland pleaded guilty to charges of operating and continuing criminal enterprise and money laundering conspiracy on July 10, 2012.

Bergland’s arrest was part of Operation Noah’s Ark, which was an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation that found the drugs were being taken from the Twin Cities to Fargo, Grand Forks and Williston, N.D. In Minnesota, the drugs were trafficked in the Twin Cities, Alexandria, Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks.

Thirty people have been charged with drug conspiracy and money laundering charges as part of the investigation, including five people from Fargo, seven from the Grand Forks area and one person from Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Moorhead resident Adam Wayne Nehk is scheduled for sentencing in federal court on July 18.