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Fargo man sentenced for storing 41 pounds of pot at home

FARGO - A Fargo man caught storing 41 pounds of marijuana in his home last March is headed to prison for his role as the "delivery boy" in a drug conspiracy, his attorney said.

Evan Lam was sentenced Monday to serve 18 months in prison and two years of probation after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver or manufacture, a Class B felony.

Police found the pot in an upstairs bedroom on March 18 while executing a search warrant at Lam's house at 1422 4th Ave. S.

Defense attorney Daniel Gast said Lam wasn't selling or distributing the pot but was holding it for another person to pick up. According to the police report, Lam told police he was "just the middle man."

Lam would drive to California to pick up a car and drive it back to Fargo, not knowing exactly what or how much he was hauling, Gast said Monday in Cass County District Court.

"He just went and picked up the car for these guys. He knows he shouldn't have done it," he said.

Lam, who was born in 1987, agreed to cooperate with federal investigators in exchange for not being prosecuted federally, which typically carries harsher penalties, Gast said.

Judge Douglas Herman followed the state's sentencing recommendation.

"The fact is, he's an indispensable part of a large criminal conspiracy," Herman said.

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