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U.S. Office Honors North Dakota Scientist and Agent

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A Bureau of Criminal Investigations agent and a forensic scientist were recognized today for their work in a federal drug case known as Operation Stolen Youth.

In 2012 two Grand Forks teenagers died within a week of each other from an unknown drug.

Charlene Keller, who works for the Attorney General's crime lab, quickly identified the substance as a synthetic drug that had not been found in the state yet.

Special Agent Steve Gilpin, who was assigned to the investigation, was also recognized for his work on the case that has lead to thirteen convictions.

"The amount of effort and time these folks put into this case to go from an unknown substance with two overdose deaths to executing a search warrant on the sources in Houston, Texas within 60 days. Anybody that's done any work on these types of investigations knows that's unbelievable," says U.S. Attorney Assistant Chris Myers.

Charles Carlton, the Texas man who was identified as the supplier of the drugs, is set to be sentenced later this year.

 
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