A Minot man accused of human trafficking has entered a plea of not guilty.
54-year-old Galen Rufus appeared in Northwest District Court today to make his "not guilty" plea.
The Class Double-A Felony charge carries a maximum life in prison sentence for a conviction.
In today's preliminary hearing, a member of the local internet crimes against children task force said Rufus had responded to a Craig's List ad the deputy had placed, offering a young girl for money.
The deputy said Rufus agreed to exchange 120-dollars worth of marijuana for one hour with the 14 year old girl.
They set up a meeting and Rufus was arrested.
Rufus is also facing several drug-related charges, including a Class-B Felony charge of Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Deliver.
He entered "not guilty" pleas to all four of the drug-related counts as well.
Rufus is currently free on bail.