Grafton Man Pleads Not Guilty in Suboxone Smuggling Scandal

Andrew Harlan Stenerson
Andrew Harlan Stenerson

GRAND FORKS, ND ( – Andrew Harlan Stenerson, 32, from Grafton, waived his preliminary hearing on Monday, June 3, and pleaded not guilty to a Class A felony charge of conspiracy to deliver or possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

Stenerson is accused of orchestrating the smuggling of Suboxone strips to inmates at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. According to a probable cause statement, in April, correctional staff discovered small, orange stickers suspected to be Suboxone strips hidden inside the seam of a greeting card envelope sent to the facility.

Suboxone, composed of buprenorphine and naloxone, is used for treating opioid addiction. Stenerson’s alleged accomplice, Elaine Alexis Longtine, is accused of sending her prescribed Suboxone to the correctional center.

If convicted, Stenerson faces up to 20 years in prison. His final dispositional conference is set for August 29 at 1:30 p.m.

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