State dismisses felony drug dealing charges against Minot man

The state will file to dismiss Class B felony possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and Class B felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine charges against William Henry Parker, 49, Minot, after an officer testified at a preliminary hearing on Thursday that there is no evidence Parker had anything to do with dealing the drugs.

Co-defendants in the case who resided in the same residence had also been charged.

Parker’s defense attorney, Ashley Gulke, told Judge Gary Lee that the felony charges have been hanging over Parker’s head since March and he lost his housing due to the charges. Task Force Officer Habeeb Rafiu testified that he had not intended to recommend that Parker face felony drug dealing charges. The prosecutor said she had not been aware of that and would file a dismissal of the felony charges.

Parker was also charged with Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, to which his lawyer said he plans to plead guilty. Parker will face no additional jail time.


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