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ND student found dead in Red River was an informant for drug task force

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The North Dakota State College of Science student who was found dead in the Red River with a gunshot wound to the back of his head was working as an informant for a drug task force.

Andrew Sadek's body was discovered in June, nearly two months after he had initially been reported missing.

At the time of his disappearance, police revealed they had an arrest warrant for Sadek on charges that he sold marijuana to a police informant.

According to the documents just revealed, those charges are what led him to becoming an informant.

Cooperation with the task force

The details of Sadek's role with law enforcement are coming from a just-published official review of how the Southeast Multi-County Agency (SEMCA) Drug Task Force handled the college student.

Valley News Live obtained a copy of the report (published Jan. 27), and posted it online. Click here to read it.

According to the document:

Sadek sold marijuana to confidential informants in April of 2013, which resulted in a search of his dorm seven months later when SEMCA agents found drug paraphernalia. Sadek spoke with officials about the charges he could face – and what he could do about it, and at a recorded meeting completed paperwork to become a confidential informant.

In January of 2014 he conducted three "controlled buys" for the BCI. He needed to make one more controlled buy from an earlier suspect, and purchase from a new suspect, in order to resolve the charges he was facing.

But he stopped contacting the task force after that.

It doesn't say in the document when exactly SEMCA lost contact with Sadek, but his last controlled buy was in January, and he disappeared on May 1.

The review found no concerns with the way SEMCA and law enforcement handled Sadek and the work that was done.

No arrests have been made in Sadek's death. A Facebook page called Justice for Andrew Sadek has about 2,700 supporters.

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