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Two Michigan men will go to trial in December on charges that they possessed and intended to sell $70,000 worth of drugs in Bismarck.

South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner at a Tuesday preliminary hearing and arraignment found there was probable cause to move the case of Tyrell Williams, 25, of Detroit, and Reginald Walker, 27, of Harper Woods, Mich., to trial. Both men pleaded not guilty during the hearing.

The two were arrested in late July after an undercover investigation. Bismarck police Detective David Stewart said a search of their car revealed heroin, cocaine and oxycodone in amounts that were “far more than any user would have on hand.” Police in an affidavit said they found 106 grams of heroin, 29 grams of cocaine and more than 200 oxycodone pills in the vehicle.  The investigation also involved cellphone calls and text messages to set up undercover drug deals, authorities allege.

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Walker’s attorney, James Loraas, moved that the charges against his client be dismissed because investigators hadn’t had any communication directly with Walker to arrange the deals. Assistant Burleigh County State’s Attorney Mindy Anderson said both men exited the vehicle in which the drugs were found, and Walker made a phone call after being arrested in which he told someone “they found all the stuff.”

Williams’ attorney, Steve Balaban, did not question Stewart or make any comments during the hearing.

Each suspect faces three felony counts, one of which carries the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence. The two are in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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