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Sentencing set in wide-ranging synthetic drug case

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The attorney for a man who worked for a Texas company that illegally sold chemicals traced to the synthetic drug deaths of two North Dakota teenagers is asking that his client get no more than 10 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old John Polinski, of Houston, is the last of 15 people to be convicted in a case that federal authorities dubbed "Operation Stolen Youth." He faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced Monday afternoon.

The wide-ranging investigation started after 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, died within a week of each other in June 2012.

Authorities say Bjerk and Stai ingested hallucinogens that were cooked up by Andrew Spofford, who bought the chemicals from Houston-based Motion Resources LLC.

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