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Skye Miller sentenced to three years for delivery of fentanyl

Skye Jordan Dakota Miller, 29, Minot, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison, with a requirement that he first serve three years, for Class B felony delivery of fentanyl on Feb. 4. Miller will be on supervised probation for three years following his release. He will receive credit for 266 days already served in the Ward County Jail, plus 27 days off his sentence for good behavior. He must also pay $775 in court costs. The state dismissed a Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia and Class A misdemeanor possession of heroin charge against Miller under the terms of a plea deal.

Miller delivered 1.5 grams of the drug to an officer working for the Ward County Narcotics Task Force.

“I thought it was heroin but the lab said it came back positive for fentanyl,” Miller told Judge Todd Cresap on Monday. Miller said he was sorry for dealing the drug and explained that he is a drug addict who had been trying to support his own drug habit at the time.

Fentanyl has been implicated in a number of overdose deaths in Ward County this year. Police have said drug users mistakenly believe they are taking heroin when it is actually the far more potent and lethal fentanyl.

Miller also pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a stolen credit card, a Class C felony, on Monday and was sentenced to a year and a day in jail, concurrent with the sentence on the fentanyl delivery charge. He will receive credit for the 266 days he already served, plus 27 days off for good behavior, and must pay court costs including $437.49 in restitution.

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