Man sentenced in North Dakota drug conspiracy case

Minot, North Dakota (AP) October 2010

A man accused of selling drugs in North Dakota and using some of the profits to buy race horses has been sentenced in federal court.

Lloyd Counts III had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering. Authorities say he and Lloyd Counts Jr. sold drugs on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Prosecutors say some of the drug money was used to buy quarterhorses that raced at tracks in Fargo, Shakopee, Minn., and Fort Pierre, S.D.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Lloyd Counts III to four years and five months in prison. Sentencing for Lloyd Counts Jr. is set for Jan. 3 in Minot.

Restitution in the case will be determined later.