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DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota prosecutors plan to re-file charges against three suspected drug dealers after police in Montana located a paid informant who went missing last year and whose testimony was key to the government's case.

Police apprehended the informant in Montana and returned to Dickinson over the weekend, Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning said Monday. Henning did not provide details to The Dickinson Press about the informant or what led to the informant's disappearance, and he did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Henning said he plans to re-file charges against three suspected drug dealers whose cases were dropped after the informant went missing.

"Now he's here and we'll go forward," Henning said.

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The informant was involved in a drug bust that led to 17 arrests last summer. He went missing in September and a warrant was issued in January in an attempt to enlist the help of other law enforcement agencies in tracking him down.

"We just happened to lose contact with him for reasons that I'm not going to go into," Henning said. "The warrant for his arrest is unusual, but it's provided for in the law and it's been done before."

The man did nothing illegal and will not face any punishment, the state's attorney said. The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation will house the informant "at an appropriate place" in the Dickinson area while the drug cases proceed, he said.

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