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Grafton woman pleads guilty selling to meth, fentanyl

A Grafton, N.D., woman charged in March with 10 felonies after being accused of selling a wide array or narcotics, including methamphetamine and fentanyl, in Grand Forks will spend one year behind bars after prosecutors dropped six charges as par...

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A Grafton, N.D., woman charged in March with 10 felonies after being accused of selling a wide array or narcotics, including methamphetamine and fentanyl, in Grand Forks will spend one year behind bars after prosecutors dropped six charges as part of a plea agreement.

Tyesha Farrah Hester, 45, was charged with six Class A felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two other counts of Class C felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after Grand Forks Narcotics Task officers conducted undercover drug purchases from her in February for drugs including methamphetamine and a fentanyl patch, according to court documents.

But five of of those felony drug dealing counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors Monday. She ultimately pleaded guilty to three counts of Class A delivery of a controlled substance, as well as a charge for possession of heroin and a possession of drug paraphernalia. Another drug possession charge was dismissed.

Hester was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with nine years suspended. She will serve out her sentence in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center and will be on supervised probation for three years. She must pay $1,025 in fines and fees, and must forfeit cash seized from her by law enforcement.

Hester had allegedly told officers she was selling drugs to pay off a large debt.

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