'The Dakota Entrapment Tapes': Release date, plot and all you need to know about the crime documentary on Sundance Now

'The Dakota Entrapment Tapes': Release date, plot and all you need to know about the crime documentary on Sundance Now
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In 2014, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek went missing from his college dorms while he was working as a confidential informant (CI). Sadek had been arrested in 2013 for felony charges of selling marijuana that legally could have led to a long prison sentence. He agreed to work as a CI  for a local multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force in exchange for having the charges dropped. Under police supervision, he bought more marijuana from other dealers around the NDSCS campus.

While it was initially suspected that Sadek had run away to escape being a CI and arrest warrants were issued, two months after his disappearance, Sadek's body was found in the Red River north of Breckenridge, Minnesota, adjacent to Wahpeton, with a gunshot wound to the head. There was a backpack that was attached to his body that was filled with rocks and the weapon that was used for his death was never found. While the police labeled his case as a suicide, his family believed that he was murdered.

Sadek's death is the subject of a new docuseries coming to Sundance Now called 'The Dakota Entrapment Tapes'. Read on to know more details about the docuseries.

Release date

'The Dakota Entrapment Tapes' is a miniseries consisting of two episodes and will air on Sundance Now on Tuesday, October 27th at 3 am EST.


The official synopsis for the docuseries states:

"In a sleepy North Dakota town, where the crime rate is so low people often don't lock their front doors, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later. What Andrew's friends and family didn't know was that in the months before his death, he had been coerced into becoming an informant for an aggressive police task force that had been secretly operating for years.

As details of Andrew's double life are revealed, the cover of the shadowy program is blown, laying bare the collusion and abuse of power of local law enforcement at all levels. Following the Sadek family's fight for the truth about how their son was killed, the film skillfully uncovers the forces at play in his death and reveals why law enforcement secretly waged a war on drugs, on a college campus that didn't have a drug problem."


Trevor Birney

Trevor Birney (Getty Images)

'The Dakota Entrapment Tapes' is directed by Trevor Birney, a director, and producer, known for his work in 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God', 'No Stone Unturned', and 'Bobby Sands: 66 Days'.

Birney acts as a producer of the docuseries with Mairead Kelly. Brendan Byrne and Michael Fanning are the executive producers.


There is no trailer for 'The Dakota Entrapment Tapes' yet but keep watching this space for future updates.

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