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Woman Gets Probation In Synthetic Drug Conspiracy

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A woman charged in a synthetic drug conspiracy that authorities have blamed in the overdose deaths of two teens in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota has been sentenced to three years of probation.

The sentence handed down to 23-year-old Allyson Desantos in federal court in Fargo is the lightest so far in the case that has seen seven others sentenced to prison terms ranging from a little over a year to 12 ½ years.

Fifteen people have been charged in the case, with all but two already taking plea deals.

Prosecutors say synthetic drugs led to the deaths last year of 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn. Several other young people were hospitalized.

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