- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The owner and manager of a Bismarck skate shop are on trial on various charges related to a large synthetic drug case.

Discontent owner Thomas Teply, of Moorhead, Minnesota, and manager Steven Johnson, of Bismarck, are accused of operating a business where synthetic drugs were sold.

They’ve pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Teply could receive up to 30 years in prison, and Johnson could get up to 45 years. The trial is scheduled to last the rest of the week.

Bismarck police busted the business in June 2012. Authorities also initially charged eight store clerks. The charges were dropped after the clerks agreed to cooperate with the state investigation, including possibly testifying.

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