- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man is accused of running a large methamphetamine operation based mainly in Burleigh County.

Clayton Sawyer is charged in federal court with two counts, including conspiracy to distribute and possess meth. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say the distribution ring involved 500 grams or more and was in operation from April to July.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Trial for Sawyer is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bismarck.

A federal public defender could not be reached for comment.

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