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Emily Welker, Published December 02 2013

Ad on Backpage.com leads to heroin bust in Fargo

FARGO – An Oklahoma man is charged with peddling heroin here after contacting an informant on Backpage.com and allegedly offering him samples of the drug to give to potential drug dealers.

Deyonn Andrea Bowler, 35, of Taft, Okla., was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with one count of delivery of heroin after at least two prior convictions, a Class A felony.

According to a search warrant filed in court last Wednesday, a criminal informant contacted local law enforcement when Bowler contacted him via the informant’s Backpage.com ad.

Moorhead police Detective Adam Torgerson reported to a regional drug task force officer that Bowler told the informant he was from Oklahoma, had been in the Fargo area seven days, and had been frequenting this area and Williston for the past year.

The informant said Bowler asked if he knew people looking for heroin. If the informant found customers for him, Bowler allegedly said, he would be able to give samples to anyone who wanted to deal the drug.

The search warrant states the criminal informant went to the Fargo Inn and Suites, 1025 38th St. S., followed by members of the Cass County Drug Task Force.

There, according to a police report filed with the criminal charges, Bowler gave the informant 0.4 gram of heroin.

The drug was given free of charge as a sample for a potential distributor, according to court documents. The informant also said Bowler had a roughly baseball-sized chunk of heroin in the room.

Bowler’s bail was set at $100,000. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 27.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541