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Forum staff reports, Published February 07 2014

2 face felony drug charges after heroin found in home near Casselton school

CASSELTON, N.D. – Two people face felony drug charges after police found heroin and marijuana at a home here, which is just blocks away from Central Cass School.

According to court documents, undercover officers bought heroin in January from a Fargo woman who set up the transaction where she works at a Fargo hotel.

On Monday, police set up another drug deal with the woman, Miranda Haley Broin.

Officers asked for heroin and then followed Broin to Casselton, where she met with Zachary Ronald Kaufman, who is known in a federal investigation as a drug dealer, court document say.

On Wednesday, officers secured search warrants for both Broin’s Fargo home and Kaufman’s home in Casselton and found heroin, cash and paraphernalia in both places.

Kaufman was arrested without incident at his home, which he shares with his girlfriend, younger sister and her boyfriend, according to court records.

On Thursday, Kaufman was charged in Cass County District court with one count of possession of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class B felony.

Kaufman’s home, at 331 8th Ave. N., is within 1,000 feet of Central Cass School at 802 5th St. N.

He also faces a Class C felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor charge of drug paraphernalia possession and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Broin was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, a Class A felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C felony.