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Drug task force raids home of former lawyer in Fargo

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FARGO – A former Fargo attorney disbarred in June for using her clients’ money to support a methamphetamine habit has been charged after a weekend drug task force raid on her home.

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Rebecca Lee Lawler was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one of drug paraphernalia, both Class C felonies.

According to court documents, Cass County drug task force agents, acting on an informant’s tip executed a search warrant about 10:30 a.m. Friday at the south Fargo home of Rebecca Lee Lawler.

Officers seized several glass pipes, baggies and cut straws with meth residue, a butane burner and a digital scale, the search warrant states.

Lawler was disbarred in June after the North Dakota Supreme Court found she had spent the previous three years using methamphetamine and crack cocaine while neglecting her work and her clients.

In addition to an estimated $19,984 owed her clients, she misappropriated more than $8,000 from her father’s estate, the state Supreme Court found.

Her next court appearance is set for Sept. 10.

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