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Ex-North Dakota sheriff charged with drug dealing, bribery

BISMARCK, N. D. – A North Dakota sheriff who abruptly resigned has been arrested on felony counts of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and bribery.

Johnny Zip Lawson resigned as Wells County sheriff on April 25, citing personal reasons. The 41-year-old was then arrested Friday. He was released from prison Tuesday, on a promise to appear in court.

Lawson is also charged with misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer, neglect of duty by a public official and the intake of meth.

Lawson’s attorney, Peter Welte, says that his client is “looking for the truth of this matter comes out.” Welte refused to comment further, saying that the issue should be resolved through the court.

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