2013-03-28 / Top News

Three men arrested in drug investigation

Three men were arrested in Emmons County on March 16 and face drug charges. They were taken into custody by the Emmons County Sheriff’s Office, the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force and the South Sakakawea Narcotics Task Force and are incarcerated in Burleigh County.

Making their initial appearance in South Central District Court in Bismarck on Tues., March 19, were Emmons County native Brock Fish, 49, Bretton Link, 44, of California and Andreas Samsa, 37, also of California.

Each of the men faces a Class AA Felony charge of conspiracy to deliver 50 grams or more of methamphetamines within 1,000 feet of a school.AClassAAfelony is the most serious crime in North Dakota with punishment up to a maximum of life in prison without parole.

Fish also faces a Class C Felony count of distribution of an imitation controlled substance, a Class C Felony count for possession of methamphetamine and a Class A Misdemeanor for possession of marijuana by a driver.

Samsa’s additional charge is a Class C Felony count for possession of methamphetamine.

South Central District Court Judge David Reich set bond at $250,000 cash for each defendant. As of press time, none of the men had posted bond.

Assistant North DakotaAttorney General Julie Lawyer of Bismarck is prosecuting the case. She said the offense dates were March 13-16, and she said the drug investigation in Emmons County is on-going.

Lawyer said the next step in the legal process will be preliminary hearings for the defendants which will be held at 2 p.m. on Mon., April 22, in the Emmons County Courthouse, Linton.

The case is considered major since about five pounds (about 2,268 grams) of methamphetamine were allegedly involved, Lawyer said. Typically, a meth abuser consumes about a gram of the drug per use.

According to Lawyer, the drug was transported to North Dakota from California.

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