Cases dismissed from May task force raid

The seven individuals charged in connection with a Ward County Narcotics Task Force operation back in May had the cases against them dismissed without prejudice in August.

The cases against James Robb, Kayla Woodfork, Douglas Woodfork, Dustin Eells, Jacqueline White Eagle, Lawrence Brown and Dumont Whitt were brought after the execution of a raid on a Minot address, with investigators saying they discovered a variety of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. In a release circulated at the time, law enforcement estimated the street value of the seized drugs was approximately $70,000. All seven were then charged with Class A and Class B felony charges of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and cocaine.

The cases were set for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 11, but a filing of a motion and an order to dismiss all charges against the seven were submitted by prosecutor Tina Snellings and signed by North Central District Judge Gary Lee on Aug. 10. No reasons were given for the dismissals, but due to being dismissed without prejudice, state prosecutors are able to revisit the charges at a later date.

However, Robb also saw two felony charges of delivery of fentanyl in a separate case dismissed, with the order signed by Lee indicating Robb had been charged federally.

Of the seven, only Kayla Woodfork and Douglas Woodfork, who are married, still have charges from the incident pending in Ward County. The Woodforks have both been charged with one count each of endangerment of a child or a vulnerable adult, a Class C felony. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec.28 before Judge Todd Cresap.


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