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Two people have been indicted in federal court for allegedly distributing heroin and fentanyl in Bismarck.

Officers with the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force arrested Tyrone "Moose" Traylor, of Detroit, and Lenni Traversie, of Bismarck, in June, and they were charged with multiple felony drug crimes in South Central District Court. Last month, a federal grand jury indicted Traylor and Traversie.

Traylor has been charged in federal court with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance, six counts of distribution of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

State charges against Traylor and Traversie were dismissed, as they were charged in federal court, according to Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Julie Lawyer.

Traversie has been charged in federal court with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance and six counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Traylor and Traversie have a jury trial set for Oct. 12.

Also involved in the task force's investigation was Shanell Koonce, of Bismarck, who pleaded guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to deliver or manufacture heroin and one county of delivery of heroin.

Koonce was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and a deferred imposition of sentence, meaning the crime will be wiped from her record if she successfully completes her probation.

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

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