Oil Patch Drugs

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A man accused of dealing large quantities of drugs in the North Dakota oil patch has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

The deal calls for 55-year-old Zachary Smith, known as "Old School," to plead guilty to two counts, including a conspiracy charge.

Authorities say Smith was part of an operation that in 2015 and 2016 moved methamphetamine and heroin from other states to North Dakota, most of which was sold out of hotel rooms in Williston.

Agents allegedly found more than $100,000 worth of meth and $60,000 worth of heroin in Smith's hotel room.

Smith faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors have agreed to drop four other counts, including a firearms charge.

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