Detroit Lakes man sentenced to 11 years for drug trafficking on White Earth Reservation

A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced to 11 years in a federal prison for distributing methamphetamine on the White Earth Reservation.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 38-year-old Eric Bergstrom pleaded guilty last December and was sentenced yesterday.

According to Bergstrom’s guilty plea and court documents, law enforcement installed a tracking device on Bergstrom’s vehicle last August, and one week later, Bergstrom was at a residence near Wadena where he was attempting to remove the device.

Law enforcement then took Bergstrom into custody, and upon arrest, found three grams of meth on his person and another seven ounces in the backseat of his vehicle.

Bergstrom reportedly admitted to bringing large quantities of drugs into the White Earth Reservation.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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