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Man sentenced to 19 years in prison on drug, weapons charges

Charles Erdmann

FARGO — A former Minneapolis resident was sentenced to 19 years in prison on methamphetamine dealing and weapons charges Thursday, Feb. 23, in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

Charles Edward Erdmann pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance, and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, court documents said.

Erdmann was accused of trying to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine with a man identified in an indictment as John Joseph Smith, and unnamed other persons. He was also charged with being in possession of a .380-caliber handgun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, documents said.

The events that led to his arrest occurred on or about Oct. 15, 2015, court documents said.

Erdmann was sentenced by Judge Ralph R. Erickson to 16 years in prison on the drug charge, and an additional three years on the weapons charge, for a total of 19 years, according to court documents.

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