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Minneapolis Man Sentenced for Use of a Juvenile to Sell Heroin

June 26, 2012

FARGO - First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim announced that on June 26, 2012, Anthony Lamont Johnson, a/k/a Ant, from Minneapolis, Minn., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances and use of a person under age 18 to distribute controlled substance. Judge Erickson sentenced Johnson to 180 months (15 years) in prison to be followed by eight years of supervised release.

Johnson, 31, pleaded guilty on April 12, 2012, to conspiring to sell in excess of 100 grams of a mixture and substance containing heroin. Thompson also plead guilty to employment or used of a person under the age of 18. After a lengthy investigation, it was determined this organization brought large quantities of heroin from the Twin Cities to the Fargo area.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim noted, “This case illustrates the disturbing trend of the use and distribution of heroin by young people locally. There will be a swift and strong response by law enforcement to those involved in trafficking heroin because of the inherent danger of overdose and death from this drug.” To date, there have been six defendants charged as part of this investigation. Defendants
that have been sentenced in this case on drug conspiracy charges include:

    Ramsey Coltrane Crespo - Fargo, N.D. - 42 months
    Tyrone Lafonz John Parker - Minneapolis, Minn. - 33 months
    Britney Nicole Fairbanks - Fargo, N.D. - 30 months
    Isaac Gustav Escobedo - Pillager, Minn. - 20 months

Agencies participating in the investigation included the Drug Enforcement Administration - Fargo, Fargo Police Department, West Fargo Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Moorhead Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers prosecuted the case.






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