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“Arizona Boys” Sentenced to Federal Prison in Meth Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

FARGO - U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on April 11, 2016, Christian Michael Marlar, 38, Tucson Ariz., and Joseph Ferrand Johnson, 27, Tucson Ariz., were both sentenced before U. S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Marlar was sentenced to seven (7) years in prison and three (3) years supervised release; Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five (5) years supervised release. Judge Erickson also ordered that each of them pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

During the course of the conspiracy, Marlar and Johnson were known as the "Arizona Boys" by local drug traffickers. Marlar and Johnson received over one (1) pound of methamphetamine in Arizona and would distribute it to local drug traffickers in the Fargo-Moorhead area during the course of the conspiracy.

Other defendants sentenced in this conspiracy include:

Susan Dokken - 56, 10 years in federal prison

Kathy Lorsung -54, 10 years and 3 months in federal prison

Lyle Lanigan - 43, 6 months prison

This case was investigated by the DEA and Fargo Police Department

U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers prosecuted these cases.

Updated April 11, 2016

Drug Trafficking