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Detroit Lakes Man Sentenced To 132 Months In Prison For Distributing Methamphetamine On The White Earth Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ERIC RYAN BERGSTROM, 38, to 132 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. BERGSTROM, who pleaded guilty on December 17, 2019, was sentenced today before Senior Judge Paul A. Magnuson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in July 2019, law enforcement learned that BERGSTROM was bringing large quantities of methamphetamine to the White Earth Reservation. On August 11, 2019, law enforcement installed a tracking device on BERGSTROM’s vehicle. Approximately one week later, BERGSTROM was located at a residence near Wadena, Minnesota, where he was attempting to dismantle the tracking device. Law enforcement responded to the residence and took BERGSTROM into custody. Following the arrest, law enforcement recovered three grams of methamphetamine on BERGSTROM’s person and approximately seven ounces of methamphetamine hidden in the backseat of BERGSTROM’s vehicle.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, the West Central Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the White Earth Police Department, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ottertail County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad prosecuted the case.

Defendant Information:



Detroit Lakes, Minn.


  • Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count


  • 132 months in prison
  • Five years of supervised release




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated June 9, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice