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Three members of the Native Mob gang were sentenced to prison in connection with a methamphetamine distribution operation in northern Minnesota and an assault.

Robin Lee Lussier, 32, Willard Duane Reed, III, 26, and Joshua Adam Hanks, 25, were sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday. 

According to court documents, Lussier and Reed trafficked pound quantities of methamphetamine through northern Minnesota between December 2015 and January 2019. The operation included the areas of Cass Lake, Bemidji and the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

In November of 2018, Lussier also directed Hanks to carry out an assault against an individual who had broken rules of the Native Mob gang. Hanks admitted in December 2018 to the assault, stating he wanted to maintain his own position in the gang.

Lussier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering activity. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Reed also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Hanks was sentenced to two and a half years in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering activity. 

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