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Fargo Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Aiding and Abetting a Robbery in Furtherance of the Drug Trafficking

October 4, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Oct. 4, 2012,Fred Miles Thompson, 55, of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson to drug trafficking and aiding and abetting a robbery in furtherance of the drug trafficking.

In 2011, Thompson was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in Fargo and admitted to distributing more than 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine during the course of the conspiracy.

Thompson admitted to aiding and abetting the use of a firearm by requesting Steve Gibson, Mason Peet and Charles Butcher to rob the Stop-N-Go at 23rd Street South in Fargo on Oct. 26, 2011. Gibson, Peet and Butcher used a .22 caliber rifle during the robbery of the Stop-N-Go.

The incidents occurred in January through December of 2011 on the District of North Dakota.

In previous related state court prosecutions, Steve Gibson pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to criminal conspiracy and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, with three years and 95 days suspended, and three years probation. Mason Peet pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to robbery and terrorizing and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, with two years suspended, and three years
probation. Charles Butcher was convicted of criminal conspiracy by a jury on June 20, 2012, in Cass County District Court and was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Thompson is facing up to life in prison.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Cass County Drug Task Force, and the Fargo Police Department.

Sentencing for Thompson has been scheduled for Jan. 8, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Fargo, N.D., at 1:30 p.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chris Myers and Tara Iversen are prosecuting the case.





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