Federal charge filed against man in overdose cases

Published 10:54 am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The case against a North Dakota man accused of manufacturing synthetic drugs that led to a pair of overdose deaths has moved to federal court.

A complaint filed Wednesday against 22-year-old Andrew Spofford charges him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He has not been asked to enter a plea. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday.

The federal file contains no further information. State documents show that Spofford admitted making the drugs by mixing chemicals ordered through the mail.

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Police say 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn., died of apparent drug overdoses from the hallucinogens.

Two other men, 19-year-old Adam Budge of East Grand Forks, Minn., and 18-year-old Wesley Sweeney of Manvel, are accused of supplying the drugs.