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Man who supplied drugs that killed teens sentenced

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man who supplied the synthetic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teens in the Grand Forks area has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

Adam Budge pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death.

Authorities say Budge stole the drugs that wound up in the hands of 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn. They died in June 2012 after ingesting the substances.

U.S District Judge Ralph Erickson on Thursday sentenced Budge to 136 months in prison.

Erickson says the case involved young people who "thought they were amateur chemists'' and adults who failed to intervene.

At least 15 people have been charged in the case.

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