A third suspect has been arrested in connection to an overdose death last week in Grand Forks.
Joshua David Soeby, 39, had an initial hearing Monday in Grand Forks District Court on a Class B felony charge of conspiracy to deliver fentanyl. The charge comes after 27-year-old Max Johnson of Walhalla, N.D., was found dead Wednesday in a residence on Wydown Drive in Grand Forks.
Investigators say Johnson died of an overdose -- a fentanyl patch with a burnt corner was found in his clothing, according to court documents. Officers learned Johnson may have purchased the patch from Soeby, who lives at 823 Oak St., according to court documents.
Investigators initially arrested Soeby’s wife, Holly Dawn Soeby, 36, Grand Forks, after she told officers she got the patch from her sister, Kelly Jo Nelsrud, 40, also of Grand Forks, according to court documents. Nelsrud denied the allegations, saying her sister must have stolen the patch from her.
“Numerous” fentanyl patches were found at Nelsrud’s home at 1808 N. Fourth St., officers said in the charging documents.
Officers reviewed Holly Soeby’s phone and found text messages indicated Johnson originally contacted Joshua Soeby in an attempt to purchase the fentanyl patch, according to charging documents. Investigators had “probable cause to believe that Joshua Soeby contacted Holly Soeby to complete the sale of the fentanyl patch to Max Johnson,” the charging documents said.
The two sisters appeared Friday in Grand Forks District Court on one Class B felony charge each of delivery of fentanyl. A Class B felony carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Joshua Soeby has a criminal history that includes multiple drug charges. When arrested, he was on probation for pleading guilty in October to two Class C felonies -- possession of fentanyl and possession of drug paraphernalia.