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Synthetic drug maker gets 17 years in two teens' deaths

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Grand Forks man who told investigators he was the "hobby chemist" who made synthetic hallucinogens blamed for killing two teens has been sentenced to 17½ years in federal prison.


Andrew Spofford’s sentence is the longest of 12 handed out so far by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in a case dating back to June 2012 that has alleged international connections.

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