- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Colombian man accused of dealing powdered fentanyl that led to overdose deaths in North Dakota has pleaded not guilty in federal court.

Thirty-six-year-old Daniel Vivas Ceron is facing five charges, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. He was recently extradited to the United States after spending 18 months in a Panamanian prison.

Authorities say Vivas Ceron operated a business that moved fentanyl and other substances from Canada and China to the U.S. He’s accused of shipping drugs to Brandon Hubbard, a Portland, Oregon, man who allegedly told authorities he was one of the largest fentanyl dealers in the country. Hubbard was sentenced in North Dakota last summer to life in prison.

Trial for Vivas Ceron is scheduled April 4 in Fargo.

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