News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2007
Contact: Bernie Hobson
Number: 206 553-2295

Anchorage Man Found Guilty Of Possessing 11 Pounds Of Meth

 APR 3 -- Special Agent in Charge Rodney Benson announced that after deliberating approximately an hour-and-a-half, a jury of four men and eight women found Hal Frederick Burford guilty of one count of attempted possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute late last Friday, March 30, 2007. Burford, age 65, was tried before United States District Court Judge Timothy Burgess in Anchorage, Alaska.

The evidence presented at trial established that on November 24, 2006, Burford accepted a package containing suspected methamphetamine at 2051 Borealis Dr., and took the package to 2224 D. St., Unit 2, in Anchorage, where he opened it. Testimony showed that shortly thereafter, Burford was arrested and the 11 pounds of suspected methamphetamine was recovered. The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of over a million dollars, and was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the state’s history. In a related subsequent forfeiture proceeding, the jury also found that approximately $144,000 (found in a safe located in the apartment on D. St.) facilitated the offense of attempted possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and was subject to forfeiture.

Judge Burgess scheduled sentencing for July 2, 2007, at 10 a.m., and continued Burford’s detention, pending sentencing. The maximum possible sentence is life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of twenty years imprisonment, a fine of $4 million, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The DEA Interdiction Task force, including members of the Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire Department and the Alaska State Troopers’ Major Offender’s Unit, along with the United States Postal Inspection Service, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Burford.