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Methamphetamine Trafficker Draws Lengthy Prison Sentence

June 27, 2012

FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on June 27, 2012, Craig Joseph Thompson, of Centerville, Minn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances.

Thompson, 42, pleaded guilty on March 7, 2012, to conspiring to sell in excess of 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine. Judge Erickson sentenced Thompson to 276 months (23 years) in prison to be followed by ten years of supervised release. Thompson was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

After a lengthy investigation, it was determined this organization brought multiple pounds of methamphetamine from the Twin Cities to the Brainerd lakes area and to Fargo, N.D.

To date, there have been ten defendants charged as part of this investigation. Defendants that have been sentenced in this case on drug conspiracy charges include:

    Mark Alan Farber - Pillager, Minn. - 252 months (21 years)
    Barry Jay Wilcox - Pillager, Minn. - 72 months (6 years)
    Willam Charles Tessmer - Pillager, Minn. - 24 months (2 years)
    John Michael Wilcox - Minneapolis, Minn. - 90 months (7 years, 6 months)
    Terry Jason Disterhaupt - Brainerd, Minn. - 96 months (8 years)
    Charles Scott Amundson - Minot, N.D. - 72 months (6 years)

Agencies participating in the investigation included the Drug Enforcement Administration - Fargo, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division which includes members from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter Police Department and Brainerd Police Department.

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





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