UPDATED: Grand Forks man receives 20-year prison sentence in fentanyl overdose case

Ryan Jon Jensen, 20, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 in U.S. District Court to two counts of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury, one count of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

In addition to 20 years in prison, Jensen faces five years of supervised release and must pay $17,264.93 in restitution for funeral expenses.

“This is a tragic case,” U.S. Attorney Chris Meyers said. “There are two kids dead and a number of kids were sent to the hospital from the poison this defendant was distributing in the city of Grand Forks. … It is not just a law enforcement problem, but a community problem that needs a community solution.”

Jensen’s sentencing is a result of Operation Denial,

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