West Fargo robbery leads to discovery of over 1,000 fentanyl pills

Police responded at 8:56 p.m. March 10 to a West Fargo business robbery in the 3100 block of Bluestem Drive.

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WEST FARGO — Two men face criminal charges after police responded to a robbery last week in West Fargo and found more than 1,000 suspected fentanyl pills.

Ceron Emil McCaleb, 20, of Moorhead, appeared Monday, March 13, in Cass County District Court on felony charges of robbery and possessing drug paraphernalia. He also was charged with giving false information to law enforcement and possessing fentanyl.

Jose Andres Isaac Ramirez, 21, of Fargo, also was charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver or manufacture and preventing arrest, both felonies.

The charges came after police responded at 8:56 p.m. March 10 to a robbery of a Pizza Hut in the 3100 block of Bluestem Drive in West Fargo.

A weapon was not used in the robbery, West Fargo police spokeswoman Addisen Stewart said. The money that was stolen came from a tip jar, so it's unclear how much was taken, she said.


Police said they found a suspect vehicle in the area of 26th Avenue and Veterans Boulevard.

Police said officers saw two suspects inside another business near the intersection of 26th Avenue and Veterans Boulevard. Police and court records did not identify that business.

McCaleb barricaded himself in a bathroom at that business but was eventually taken into custody, police said.

Ramirez ran away but was captured after a brief pursuit, police said. Officers found him with more than 1,000 suspected fentanyl pills and $4,370, a criminal complaint said.

That cash was not related to the robbery. Ramirez has not been charged in connection to the robbery.

When asked about the charges, McCaleb's attorney, Jay Greenwood, said he was only recently appointed to represent McCaleb and that they had not yet received all the case information from investigators. Court records did not list an attorney for Ramirez as of Thursday.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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