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Man charged in Belcourt drug conspiracy

A Dunseith, N.D., man charged in a conspiracy involving several hundred pounds of marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

A Dunseith, N.D., man charged in a conspiracy involving several hundred pounds of marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to 2½ years in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

A federal judge ordered Lyle Lunday, 35, to forfeit $182,500 in drug money. Officers seized another $103,500 in drug proceeds in Cando, N.D., and Durango, Colo., during the investigation.

He admitted that his part in the conspiracy involved roughly 220 pounds of marijuana, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Lunday and his associates operated in the Belcourt, N.D., area between 2001 and 2007. A California supplier shipped most of the drugs to the Belcourt syndicate, which would send money to a middleman in Colorado who would pay the supplier.

Lunday's codefendant, Rockie Ronnie Demery, was sentenced to 13 months in prison in February for his part in the conspiracy. Another codefendant, Lloyd Antoine Gunville, was sentenced in May to two years probation with eight months of home detention for a lesser role in the conspiracy.

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