- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A judge says a Grand Forks man who has pleaded guilty in a case involving numerous drug overdoses cannot spend time with his family before sentencing.

Ryan Jensen is charged in federal court with five counts, including distributing a controlled substance resulting in injury and death, and money laundering. He is one of a handful of people charged in the case that centers on the powerful synthetic drug powdered fentanyl.

Jensen asked to be released to his parents before his Oct. 26 sentencing. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal says that while Jensen has strong family support, it is not “clear and convincing evidence” to grant his release.

Jensen faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Defense attorney Tyler Morrow declined to comment.

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