Feb 1, 2013 at 9:00 am
Federal prosecutors say a Texas man charged in a synthetic drug case continued to sell controlled substances after he heard about two overdose deaths from the hallucinogens in Grand Forks.
The government made that assertion Thursday in a detention hearing for 28-year-old Charles Carlton. He's accused of selling substances over the Internet that eventually left two teenagers dead and others hospitalized.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers said in court that Carlton's decision to keep dealing when he knew the drugs made people sick shows he's a danger to the community and should not be released.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ordered that Carlton be released before his March trial. That came after defense attorney Alex Reichert said his client doesn't have a passport and would not abandon his family.