Red Lake man pleads guilty to firearm, drug offenses

A 34-year-old Red Lake man pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Joshua Lussier was seen before a federal judge in St. Paul last Thursday.

Last November, Lussier was arrested in Hubbard County for a federal warrant.

Inside the vehicle, law enforcement saw a glass pipe commonly used for meth and about 10 grams of the substance.

A subsequent search found 893 grams of meth, 83 grams of fentanyl and drug distribution paraphernalia, including common cutting agents used to increase the total weight of the drugs.

Lussier admitted at the time that the drugs in the car were his and were intended for distribution.

In April 2019, Lussier was found in possession of a Remington rifle. Because he has a prior felony conviction in Pennington County, Lussier is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

The Red Lake Department of Public Safety and the FBI Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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