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Grand Forks man sentenced to 12 years in prison for fentanyl case

GRAND FORKS -- Another Grand Forks man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday in connection with an operation meant to battle fentanyl use and distribution.

GRAND FORKS -- Another Grand Forks man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday in connection with an operation meant to battle fentanyl use and distribution.

Joshua Tyler Fulp, 20, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and three years of supervised release. He and others convicted in connection to the case will pay $17,265 in restitution.

Fulp was charged with conspiring to possess and distribute narcotics resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

Fulp is one of several indicted as part of a conspiracy to distribute drugs -- including fentanyl, heroin and ecstasy -- after two people from Grand Forks overdosed and died from using fentanyl citrate, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Evan Daniel Poitra, 19, died July 16, 2014, and Bailey Evan Henke, 18, died Jan. 3, 2015.

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Investigators have identified 12 victims, four of whom died from fatal overdoses, including the two from Grand Forks.

Among the others sentenced so far in the case are Kain Daniel Schwandt, 19, and David Todd Noye Jr., 18, both of Grand Forks, who were sentenced Monday in Fargo. Schwandt was given 42 months in prison and Noye 39 months.

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