- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Bozeman man charged in the fatal drug overdose of a Montana State University student wants the charge dismissed, arguing that the synthetic drug was not illegal at the time.

Daniel McGrail has pleaded not guilty to felony criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. Prosecutors allege he gave a synthetic drug, U-47700 also known as euphoria, to Geoffrey Qualls at a Bozeman music venue. Qualls shared the drug with 20-year-old Natalie Dietrich, who died of an overdose last January.

Attorneys for McGrail said at the time of Dietrich’s death, U-47700 could be legally purchased online and was not listed as an illegal drug by the government. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (bit.ly/2iQRvpq) the defense also argued that the state law that defines dangerous drugs and dangerous drug analogues is unconstitutionally vague.

The state has not formally responded to the motions.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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