Washington State Man Convicted In Alaska for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Meth
December 12, 2017
(ANCHORAGE, ALASKA) -- A Washington state man, 35-year old Zerisenay Gebregiorgis as convicted in a federal court in Alaska for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, according to a statement issued by Bryan Schroder, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.
Schroder says evidence presented at trial showed that, between June 1, 2016, and August 16, 2016, Gebregiorgis and others planned to distribute large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine in the communities of Ketchikan and Sitka.
"Gebregiorgis supplied drugs to drug couriers, who carried the drugs inside their bodies to other co-conspirators in Ketchikan and Sitka for subsequent distribution," said the statement. "Drug proceeds were then given to the couriers to be carried back to Seattle to be delivered to the defendant or deposited into bank accounts controlled by Gebregiorgis."
Prosecutors alleged that Gebregiorgis directed every aspect of the conspiracy, to include directing the amounts of drugs sent to Alaska, the couriers who carried the drugs, the travel for those couriers, and delivery of drug proceeds of the conspiracy back to him via couriers and bank accounts deposits.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in Juneau.
The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to a maximum of 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million dollars, or both.