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Charges against a Michigan man alleged to have been involved in a drug operation in Bismarck have been dropped in federal court.

Stacy Cade, of Detroit, was charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Magistrate Judge Charles Miller Jr. dismissed charges against Cade last week. U.S. Attorney Chris Myers and Dawn Deitz, special assistant U.S. attorney, filed a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice against Cade, meaning it can be refiled. The motion stated the case should be dismissed because "facts and circumstances no longer warrant federal prosecution at this time."

Deitz did not reply to three phone messages seeking comment.

A second defendant allegedly involved in the drug operation, Robert Robinson, of Detroit, also saw federal charges against him dismissed last week. However, Robinson has been charged in another case with federal counts of conspiracy to distribute and posses with intent to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, and three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Robinson is scheduled for an arraignment Sept. 18 in federal court in Bismarck.

According to court documents, Bismarck police and officers with the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force seized more than 100 grams of meth, about 9 grams of heroin and about 850 oxycodone hydrochloride pills from a residence connected to Robinson on the 4000 block of North 19th Street.

Robinson and a third man, Harry Lloyd, 28, of Minneapolis, were arrested during a controlled buy with an undercover officer.

The state dropped charges against Lloyd Tuesday due to its inability to prove the offenses charged. 

Burleigh County Senior Assistant State's Attorney Julie Lawyer wrote in her motion to dismiss that "detectives have continued to investigate this matter and new evidence has been discovered that indicated (Lloyd) did not make any agreements within Burleigh County to distribute controlled substances within Burleigh County."

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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