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James Hester Jr., Detroit, Mich., charged with intent to deliver oxycodone

James Edward Hester Jr., 24, Detroit, Mich., is charged in district court in Minot with Class B felony intent to deliver oxycodone and Class A misdemeanor providing false information to law enforcement.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Hester was a backseat passenger in a Dodge Dart that was stopped for speeding on Wednesday morning in Minot on County Road 14 West and 170th Street SW. A Native American man and woman were the other occupants of the vehicle. A Ward County Narcotics Task Force Officer asked for permission to search a black duffle bag in the trunk and received permission. Hester revoked his permission during the search. Hester also gave authorities a fake name. A Ward County Narcotics Task Force Officer contacted the MHA Drug Enforcement agency in New Town with information and a photo of Hester. An agent there confirmed that the man in custody was Hester and the MHA Drug Enforcement agency has had multiple contacts with Hester. Hester’s black duffle bag was searched and the search turned up five tied up plastic baggies in a body wash container that contained 150 oxycodone pills.

Hester was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear for a court appearance in Mountrail County.

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