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Published May 12, 2014, 06:12 PM

Law enforcement and college officials respond to criticisms in connection with disappearance of Andrew Sadek

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Law enforcement and college officials in Wahpeton are responding to criticism, in connection with the disappearance of NDSCS student Andrew Sadek.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Law enforcement and college officials in Wahpeton are responding to criticism, in connection with the disappearance of NDSCS student Andrew Sadek.

Days after volunteers searched the rivers and campus in Wahpeton, authorities revealed warrants had been issued for Andrew's arrest in connection with the sale of marijuana to a "regional undercover narcotics task force agent."

Just four days ‘till graduation here on the campus of NDSCS, trees on campus are wrapped in yellow ribbons. This as the search for Andrew continues.

It was exactly one week ago, the Richland County Sheriff's department was made aware that a regional drug task force was connected to a sale of pot. Something the public was not privy to as people searched for Andrew.

Larry Leshovsky/Richland Co. Sheriff: “I know there was concern from the public that I have heard, did you put anyone in danger, I think in the searches we were looking for someone who did harm to themselves and we were on a recovery, in those searches, not putting people in danger.”

Andrew's parents appeared to have just been told the news, as they spoke to the media one week ago.

John Sadek/Last Week – NDSCS: “We love you and we want you home with us, everyone will be okay.”

NDSCS is still the lead investigative arm in Andrew's disappearance. And while they and the task force are under fire, college officials say it comes down to one thing. He is still missing.

Harvey Link/NDSCS – VP of Student Affairs: “It is a separate issue, as a college, we initiated a search for him, not taking away from the relevance of those issue, it is a different set than what we were focusing on.”

Andrew's family had little to say today about these developments, his mother telling us, Mother’s Day had indeed been an emotional day

Any new searches would come only after fresh leads or tips come into campus police at NDSCS.

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