The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 14, 2014

Man sentenced to 20 years in synthetic drug case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — One of 15 people to plead guilty in a synthetic drug conspiracy that resulted in the overdose deaths of two teenagers has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Casey Rosen (row-ZEEN') pleaded guilty in January 2013 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. He is the 13th defendant sentenced in the case.

Authorities say Rosen was a partner with Andrew Spofford, who cooked up the chemicals that led to the June 2012 deaths of two teens who lived in the Grand Forks area. Assistant U.S Attorney Chris Myers called Rosen the "money man" in the operation.

Spofford was sentenced earlier to 17½ years in prison.

Investigators have dubbed the case "Operation Stolen Youth."

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