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Supreme Court Overturns Convictions in Big Willies Case

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Two men convicted of conspiring to sell banned synthetic drugs also saw their cases overturned by the state supreme court. The court unanimously ruled yesterday that the evidence in the case should not have been admitted.

William Nickel and Ryan Zueger are co-owners of Big Willies ATP in Mandan. In October 2011, someone from their store took a package to a shipping center, where an employee became suspicious of what the package contained. He called police, and opened the package in front of them.

But the court said that wasn't the problem, because that was a private search, not a governmental search. It was what happened next, when one of the officers took a plastic tube from the box to the state crime lab without a warrant, that was the unlawful search.

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