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Peter Hoistad

Alleged drug ring member, ex-UND student pleads guilty in case involving PR teen

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FARGO - Hoping to avoid decades in prison for his role in an alleged Grand Forks drug ring, former University of North Dakota student Peter Hoistad pleaded guilty in federal court here Thursday.

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The 22-year-old is the sixth person to agree to a plea deal so far.

Investigators say the ring manufactured synthetic drugs that led to the deaths of two teenagers, including Elijah Stai of Park Rapids and the hospitalization of several other people in Grand Forks in June.

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