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Minnesota man admits trying to sell cocaine to deputy

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FARGO - A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to sell cocaine to an off-duty Cass County sheriff's deputy on March 14 outside a downtown Fargo bar.

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Fargo police said Adam Joseph Smith of Otsego, Minn., approached the deputy outside of Sidestreet Grille & Pub and asked if the deputy would like to buy some "blow," a street name for cocaine.

The deputy declined but told Smith he might have a friend who would want to buy some. The deputy called Fargo police, who had him arrange a drug buy with Smith.

Smith pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing was delayed for four weeks after Smith's attorney applied on his behalf to have the case transferred to drug court, which normally results in reduced jail time, said Assistant Cass County State's Attorney Tracy Peters.

Peters said she hadn't decided yet whether to approve the application.

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