Oregon man pleads guilty for ‘integral role’ in Grand Forks fentanyl deaths

Brandon Corde Hubbard, 41, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death, distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and money laundering.

Hubbard entered the plea as part of an agreement, filed Dec. 21, in which he admitted his role in selling the drug that led to the overdose deaths of 18-year-old Bailey Henke and 19-year-old Evan Poitra in Grand Forks. Both died after taking fentanyl citrate, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Hubbard faces two life sentences on the first two counts, but through the plea agreement, prosecutors would recommend a lesser sentence. However, Hubbard’s first two counts also carry a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

During Monday’s court hearing, Judge Ralph Erickson explained Hubbard must be sentenced to at least 20 years in prison unless the prosecution asks the judge for a lesser sentence.

Hubbard accepted

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UND FOOTBALL: UND seeks quality air time

For UND, though, PSU’s run defense already is well known. In three Division I meetings, PSU is holding UND to 66.0 yards per game on the ground.

That means when the two teams meet in a key Big Sky Conference game at 4:05 p.m. Saturday in Hillsboro, Ore., UND wants to be sharp in its passing game to hopefully make a dent in the Vikings’ defense.

In 2012, PSU gave up 107 rushing yards to UND on 35 rushes. In 2013, UND rushed 34 times for 50 yards. In 2014, UND ran for 41 yards on 33 attempts.

So, with PSU returning eight starters on defense, UND expects a similar battle as last year, when UND won 24-16 with the help of a last-minute defensive stand.

“If they take the run away, you have to throw the football,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We have to be more efficient

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Oregon Adopts A 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard

VIDEO: Accused drug trafficker charged in connection with Grand Forks fentanyl overdose death

Officials on Tuesday unsealed the indictment of Daniel Vivas Ceron, 34, which alleges the Colombian was the leader of a drug ring he allegedly operated while incarcerated in a medium-security prison in Quebec.

He was taken into custody on July 17 in Panama City by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Panamanian authorities and is awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face drug conspiracy charges, Chris Myers, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of North Dakota, said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Vivas Ceron is the first known non-U.S. citizen to be indicted as a result of the seven-month probe—dubbed Operation Denial—that sprang from the death of 18-year-old Bailey Henke of Grand Forks, who overdosed on fentanyl citrate, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, in January.

“We want to try to deny drug traffickers from touching our youth,” said Myers in explanation

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Crowds count down to legalization of marijuana in Oregon, then light up

Hundreds gathered on the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland and smoked under the glow of a neon city sign, marking the moment that the law allowing recreational use, backed by voters in November, came into effect.

The legislation opens the way for shops to sell marijuana by next year, though a bill headed to the governor’s desk would allow bans on retail sales in cities and counties where at least 55 percent of voters voted against legal weed.

Similar legalization initiatives that have ushered in retail pot shops are already in force in Washington state and Colorado, reflecting a shifting landscape for a drug that remains illegal under federal law. Alaska, which also voted to legalize marijuana, hopes for pot shops in 2016.

About half of U.S. states allow marijuana for medical use. The District of Columbia has voted to allow recreational-use marijuana but not retail shops, and a pot legalization campaign is

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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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Vegas Strip crash driver sent to mental hospital

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FILE – This Dec. 23, 2015 file photo shows Lakeisha Nicole Holloway enters district court with one of her public defenders, Scott Coffee, for her arraignment in Las Vegas. A judge on Friday, March 11, ordered Holloway sent to a state mental hospital for evaluation. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens,File)

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On the road in Oregon with the 2010 Cadillac SRX

Earlier this year, Gadling ran a promotion challenging readers to define their perfect road trip. The winner of the competition won a two day road trip of their choice in a brand new Cadillac SRX, with fuel, lodging and airfare all covered. We had a wealth of excellent entries ranging from trips through the Florida Keys to leaf tours through the Northeast to jaunts down the California coast, but our lucky winner chose a long road trip through the great state of Oregon, beginning in the metropolis of Portland then working down the coast to Crater Lake National Park.

Dilligent bloggers as we are, we sent a team to follow in the footprints, documenting the journey and consuming the Oregon asphault in a similar SRX.

What emerged was more than a simple road trip through the Northwest. Two old friends on the hilly backroads

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