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December 4-10 was relatively slow in crime for the West Fargo Police Department, but the U.S. District Court in Fargo saw nine defendants plead guilty for their participation in a drug trafficking enterprise.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Juveniles allegedly caught with dope

Four juveniles were taken into custody for allegedly possessing marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

These high-school-aged West Fargoans were driving on the 1700 block of Charleswood Estates when they were pulled over at about 11 p.m.

Alleged assaulter arrested in Fargo

Officers followed up on information about a cab delivering a man from a motel on the 1400 block of Main Avenue in West Fargo to a Fargo residence because a victim alleged that she had been assaulted by him.

Jarryd Heis, 20, was taken into custody at the residence, located on the 900 block of North Broadway at 10:46 a.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 8

Man arrested for allegedly contributing

An officer on his beat alleges he saw a West Fargo man purchasing alcohol for minors.

The West Fargo man, Bruce Orbedahl, 58, was arrested and charged with purchasing alcohol for two minors on the 800 block of Main Ave. E. at 11:36 p.m.

Nine plead guilty in drug trafficking enterprise

Nine Minnesota and North Dakota defendants pleaded guilty for their participation in a drug trafficking enterprise.

Jose "Pepe" Sanchez, 31, St. Thomas, N.D., pleaded guilty to continuing criminal enterprise and to being the organizer, leader and manager of the enterprise. He faces a minimum-mandatory 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

Adan Martinez, 41, Grafton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

Abdon Sanchez, 41, Grafton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory life sentence.

Catarino Surita, 31, Grafton, pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory five years and up to 40 years imprisonment.

Reynaldo Garcia, Sr., 45, Glyndon, Minn., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 10 years and up to life imprisonment.

Reynaldo Garcia, Jr., 27, Glyndon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

Ricky Garcia, 23, Glyndon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.

Kraig Komrosky, 19, Moorhead, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory 15 years and up to life imprisonment.

William Satrang, 57, Fargo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces a minimum-mandatory five years and up to 40 years imprisonment.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Myers said this organization was involved in the distribution of more than 50 kilograms (100 lbs.) of cocaine, 10 kilograms (20 lbs.) of methamphetamine and nearly a ton (200 lbs.) of marijuana. The drugs were transported from the Laredo, Texas, area to the Fargo-Moorhead and Grafton area.

"This organization was dismantled by the superior undercover efforts of Special Agent Ron Wollever from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Special Agent Woolever made numerous undercover buys from members of the organization," he said.

The case was investigated by a number of agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration- Fargo, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, N.D. Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force, Glyndon, Moorhead, and Hallock, Minn., Police Departments, Fargo Police Department and the Kittson County, Minn., Sheriff's Office.

THURSDAY, DEC. 7

All pass alcohol compliance checks

The three West Fargo establishments that were given alcohol compliance checks passed.

They were Stars and Strikes, Hooligan's and Liquor Lodge.

In Fargo, 43 establishments were checked, with 40 passing. The three not passing were Sand Trap, Juano's South and Fargo Country Club. Eight of nine passed in Moorhead, with the VFW failing. In Clay County, five of six passed.

MONDAY, DEC. 4

Boys caught throwing ice

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. three juvenile males were taken into custody for throwing ice chunks at vehicles.

All three are middle-school-aged West Fargo residents, Captain Mike Reitan said. Two were taken to the Cass County Detention Center. The other one was released to his parents.

The boys were in the parking lot of a supermarket, and they were reported to the Police Department by a concerned citizen.

Accident involved alcohol

One man was taken into custody after he was involved in a three-vehicle accident around noontime.

The accident took place at Main Avenue and Ninth Street East between two trucks and a van. Wesley Wright, 25, was arrested for DUI.

No other information was available.

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