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Man arrested, held during investigation

A man and his girlfriend were arrested Sunday evening.

Ricardo Vargas, 32, was arrested for false identification, no insurance and is being held pending investigation into his immigration status.

Stephanie Johnson, 30, was arrested for hindering his arrest.

They were stopped at Sixth Avenue and First Street shortly before 5 p.m.


Felony warrant served at disturbance

A Fargo man involved in a reported disturbance was arrested.

At 11:21 p.m. Elijah Addai, 22, was arrested on a felony warrant out of Clay County.

The disturbance may have been a fight that involved a group of people at a West Fargo motel, Police Captain Mike Reitan said.


Drug bust began in West Fargo

What began with the seizure of approximately $22,000 from a West Fargo residence resulted in the dismantling of a large drug trafficking organization in California and the sentencing of two Minnesota men to a combined 29.5 years imprisonment.

James Russell Golden, 51, pleaded guilty on Sept. 7, 2005, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine.

U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson sentenced him to 18.5 years imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

Mark Andrew Belyeu, 22, pleaded guilty on April 19, 2006, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine and a charge of money laundering conspiracy.

Judge Erickson sentenced Belyeu to 11 years imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

Both men are from Fergus Falls and were meth distributors in the Fergus Falls area. Their organization was involved in receipt of more than 80 pounds of meth in Fargo and Fergus Falls. The meth was then distributed throughout the Red River Valley.

Belyeu and others gathered proceeds derived from drug trafficking and deposited these proceeds into local banks. The money was then transferred to accounts in California.

Michael Abeyta, the California source of supply, pleaded guilty on Oct. 10, 2003, to money laundering and drug conspiracy charges. He will be sentenced on Dec. 21, 2006. Betsy Garcia pleaded guilty on March 21, 2006, and will be sentenced on Feb. 23, 2007. Both Abeyta and Garcia face up to life in prison.

"The investigation started from a seizure of approximately $22,000 in West Fargo. From that simple money seizure, investigators worked tirelessly to dismantle this large drug trafficking organization and were able to take out the source of supply in California," stated Assistant United States Attorney Chris Myers.


Internet fraud reported

A West Fargo woman told officers that she had lost about $1,300 while bidding on an Internet item.

"The victim buys and sells things on the Internet for a pastime," Reitan said. "She had made a business arrangement to buy the items, but her credit card was debited before she had the items."

She intended to buy 25 jackets, and the money was transferred from her local checking account to a checking account in Tennessee.

The woman's bank has since credited her with the money, Reitan said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Guns, liquor stolen

Somebody entered a West Fargo garage on the 3400 block of Fifth Street West prior to Sunday, Oct. 8, and stole two guns, a couple bottles of Captain Morgan and a case of Bud Light.

The two guns were a .22 caliber pistol and a .45 caliber pistol. They were apparently not loaded.

The theft was reported at 2:45 a.m.

Reitan said there were no signs of forced entry into the garage, nor are there any suspects. The case remains under investigation.


Man arrested after fight

A fight that involved several people in a 221 Sheyenne Street restaurant led to the arrest of one man.

Alan McIntyre, 31, Fargo, was taken into custody without incident on a Fargo warrant.