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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

Monday, May 21, 2018

Milwaukee, WI, Man Found Guilty for His Role in Drug Conspiracy Resulting in Death and Serious Bodily Injury

FARGO – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announces that on May 14, 2018, JOVAN MARQUIS HARRIS, age 28, of Milwaukee, WI, was found guilty of: Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribute a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death and Serious Bodily Injury; three counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Injury; and two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, by a jury following six days of trial.

Law enforcement’s investigation into a spike in the heroin overdose deaths of individuals in the Fargo-Moorhead area between September 2015 and April 2016 resulted in the indictment of Harris for the overdose death of one person in Moorhead on September 1, 2015, and the non-fatal overdoses of two individuals in Fargo on August 27 and September 1, 2015.  Harris also sold heroin on two occasions in March 2016 to a confidential informant in Fargo.  The heroin he was distributing was brought to the Fargo-Moorhead area from Milwaukee, WI.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Moorhead Police Department, Cass County Drug Task Force, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with assistance from Cass County State’s Attorney, North Dakota Crime Lab, Minnesota BCA Crime Lab, and Ramsey County (MN) Medical Examiner.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Shasky and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake Rodenbiker.

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Updated May 21, 2018