Mandan man gets life for drug charges

Staff reports

Russell C. Seidel, 54, of Mandan, N.D., was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Patrick A. Conmy on June 28 to life in federal prison on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Federal law mandated a life sentence because Seidel had two prior felony drug offense convictions. In 2005, Seidel was convicted in Burleigh County District Court, in two separate cases, of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

In 2010, law enforcement officials obtained a search warrant to search Seidel’s residence in Mandan, North Dakota. During the search, law enforcement officials found approximately 133 grams (4.6 ounces) of methamphetamine. The investigation showed that Seidel had been distributing meth to people in the Bismarck-Mandan area.