A North Dakota mother says her deceased son was pressured into becoming a police informant after he was caught selling marijuana (video below).
Andrew Sadek interviewed with narcotics detective Jason Weber on Nov. 22, 2013, after he was caught twice selling marijuana at the North Dakota State College of Science campus, the Grand Forks Herald reported. The pot sold totaled 3.3 grams.
During the interview, which occurred on Sadek’s 20th birthday, Weber told Sadek he could be facing up to 40 years in prison on two felony charges and a $40,000 fine unless he agrees to wear a wire and buy marijuana as an informant, according to a video released to INFORUM.
"Obviously, you're probably not going to get 40 years,” Weber is heard telling Sadek. “But is it a good possibility that you're going to get some prison time if you don't help yourself out? Yeah, there is. That's probably not a way to start off your young adult life and career.”
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The task force required Sadek to buy marijuana from three or four different dealers. He had to buy twice from each person. Weber told Sadek he could still be facing a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession afterward.
"But at least you're not pleading guilty to felonies. OK? Is that fair enough?" Weber asked Sadek.
"Very fair," Sadek replied.
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In June 2014, Sadek’s lifeless body was found in the Red River near Wahpeton. He had a backpack on with rocks in it, and a gunshot wound on his head.
An autopsy did not confirm whether Sadek was murdered or if he killed himself. The gun used in Sadek’s death was not found. His parents believe he was murdered because of his work as a drug informant.
Sadek bought marijuana three times on the school campus between November 2013 and January 2014 as an informant, according to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He was last seen leaving his dormitory on May 1, 2014.
In the Summer of 2015, Sadek’s mother, Tammy Sadek, called for a state investigation into the task force’s practices. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ordered a review and determined the task force did nothing wrong.
"The review board did not find any cause for concern with the recorded interview," the board's report stated. "The recorded interview was calm in nature and Sadek understood the situation."
In a phone interview, Richland County State's Attorney Ronald McBeth said whether or not Sadek would have served prison time would have depended on which judge handled his case.
"You get the wrong judge, you're going to prison," McBeth told the Grand Forks Herald.
However, given Sadek’s age and lack of a criminal record, and the fact that he was dealing marijuana instead of a more dangerous drug, McBeth said prosecutors would have likely recommended supervised probation, and that Sadek could have had any felony convictions removed from his record with good behavior.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, NDSCS police, and the North Dakota BCI are still investigating the case.