Missing witness hampering drug cases

Associated Press

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A missing witness is causing headaches for Stark County prosecutors as they deal with several drug cases.

Seventeen people were arrested last July on drug charges in the county. The Dickinson Press reports that a charge against one of the defendants has been dismissed because of the missing paid informant, and State's Attorney Tom Henning says charges against another likely will be dismissed if the witness isn't located by Feb. 11.

Henning says other cases could be at risk, but he thinks he has enough evidence against some of the defendants to proceed to trial.

The informant has not been seen since September. Henning tells The Associated Press that foul play is not suspected but has not been ruled out.