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Multiple people facing charges in connection with fentanyl overdose

Multiple people are in custody in connection with a minor who overdosed on fentanyl on Aug 2.

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At least two people appear to be in custody in connection with a minor who overdosed on fentanyl.

Joshua James Roberts, 31, is facing a Grand Forks County charge of delivery of fentanyl, and was arraigned on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Josia Rose Mary Roberts, 26, is listed as the sole co-defendant in Joshua Roberts' case. She faced a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to manufacture or deliver fentanyl in Grand Forks County District Court, but the charge was dismissed because the case will be taken over in federal court, according to Judge Jason McCarthy.

As of Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, Josia Roberts did not appear to have been formally charged in federal court, though a warrant for her arrest notes that an indictment has been filed in her case. Four other defendants have been named in the federal case and all are in custody, but like Josia Roberts, none appears to yet have any pending counts against them.

Information about the incident that led to their arrest is limited.


According to a Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force Affidavit of Probable Cause, Joshua Roberts "and other individuals" participated in selling two fentanyl pills to a juvenile on Aug. 2. That juvenile later overdosed on the pills, and was revived with Narcan.

“He’s lucky the juvenile didn’t die, and isn't in more dire straits,” McCarthy said at Joshua Roberts' arraignment.

A final dispositional conference has been scheduled in Joshua Roberts' case for Jan. 7. Upcoming court dates do not appear to have been set for the other defendants.

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