Detroit drug ring leaders found guilty of bringing fentanyl pills to North Dakota reservations
June 22, 2022
FARGO — Two Detroit cousins led a drug trafficking ring that targeted Native American reservations in North Dakota, a jury found Friday, June 17.
Darius Ramon Sledge Jr. and Baquan Martese Sledge were found guilty in North Dakota’s federal court on several drug-related charges, including continuing criminal enterprise and maintaining a drug-involved premise. It was unclear when the men will be sentenced.
Prosecutors said the two men led a drug operation starting in 2015 that brought fentanyl pills to the Fort Berthold, Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake reservations in North Dakota. The Sledges ran the operation that recruited North Dakotans, some who were addicted to drugs, to become low-level dealers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fargo.