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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Murder Charged With Drug Conspiracy

Before a charge in the death of another man is brought against Daniel Molstad, the Thief River Falls man has been charged with conspiracy to obtain marijuana. According to a report in the Grand Fork Herald, investigators are looking into the death, yet in the process learned that Molstad had conspired with others to buy marijuana.

The same day of the conspiracy, Matthew Shepard was killed. Reports show that Shepard was dropped off at MeritCare hospital with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived.

County Attorney Alan Rogalla has refused to comment as to whether or not the drug charge and the death are related, but implied he may do so in the future. “We are investigating it as hard we can,” he said. “We are looking at everything and everyone to figure out what … happened.”

According to the complainnt charging Molstad with the drug offense indicates he had been having conversations with people from Roseau and Pennington counties about buying marijuana in Thief River Falls.

The complaint reads in part: “Then the individuals from Roseau County and Mr. Molstad agreed that they would get together and attempt to purchase marijuana in Pennington County. Individuals then came down from Roseau County and got in the vehicle with Mr. Molstad. Also, during this process, Mr. Molstad told the individuals from Roseau County that he had $200 to apply to the purchase of marijuana.”

At this time, no one else has been arrested or charged in the drug conspiracy or the death of Shepard. Rogala has refused to comment on whether investigators have other persons of interest in the stabbing murder.
 

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