ND Drug Informants

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The North Dakota Legislature is close to enacting new protections for confidential drug informants.

The action comes more than three years after 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek was found dead in a river with a bullet in his head and a backpack of rocks tied to his body.His parents, Tammy and John Sadek, have lobbied lawmakers to pass legislation so that informants can be better informed of their legal options to understand the risks they may be taking.The proposed legislation clarifies the rights of people offered the role as a confidential drug informant, including their right to an attorney.It also requires a written agreement stating the "the inherent risk associated with acting as an informant."

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