'60 Minutes' to cover Andrew Sadek case on Sunday
FARGO -- The TV news show "60 Minutes" plans to feature Andrew Sadek's parents in a story airing Sunday that addresses the controversial and sometimes tragic use of young drug informants. The show's publicist, Kevin Tedesco, said correspondent Le...
FARGO -- The TV news show "60 Minutes" plans to feature Andrew Sadek's parents in a story airing Sunday that addresses the controversial and sometimes tragic use of young drug informants.
The show's publicist, Kevin Tedesco, said correspondent Lesley Stahl interviewed Sadek's parents, Tammy and John Sadek, in June. The story should air locally at 6 p.m. Sunday on CBS, Tedesco said.
Andrew Sadek, a 20-year-old student at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, was a drug informant before he went missing in May 2014. About two months later, his body was found in the Red River near Wahpeton with a gunshot to his head.
His parents, who live in Rogers, have said they believe their son was murdered, possibly because of his work as an informant. However, autopsy results offered no conclusion on whether someone killed him or whether he killed himself.
In April 2013, Sadek was allegedly caught selling small amounts of marijuana twice to another informant on the NDSCS campus. The sales totaled $80; one exchange involved 2.2 grams and the other 1.1 grams, according to court papers.
After being told he could face felony drug charges and a sentence of up to 40 years in prison if he didn't cooperate with the local drug task force, Sadek agreed to become an informant.
As an informant, Sadek bought marijuana three times between November 2013 and January 2014. Then he stopped contacting the task force. He had at least two more drug buys left before the threat of charges would go away, authorities said.
Tammy Sadek has accused the task force of bullying her son into working as an informant. The North Dakota Attorney General's Office reviewed the task force's handling of the case and found no wrongdoing. Sadek's mother is now pushing for a state law that would restrict the use of college students as informants.