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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Erica H. MacDonald
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Zerna

Red Lake Felon Indicted on Methamphetamine and Firearm Charges

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the unsealing of a federal indictment charging ARLIN MAURICE THUNDER, 46, with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. THUNDER made his initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court in Bemidji, Minnesota. THUNDER was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

According to the allegations in the indictment, on May 13, 2019, THUNDER was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a firearm, specifically a Star Bonifacio Echeverria Firestar M43 9 mm caliber pistol. Because THUNDER has a prior felony conviction, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea A. Walcker is prosecuting the case.

Defendant Information:

ARLIN MAURICE THUNDER, 46, Redby, Minnesota
• Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 1 count
• Possession of a firearm by a felon, 1 count


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