News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2007
Contact: Steve Hooten
206 553-1155

Fairbanks Meth Dealer Gets 20 Years in Prison

MAY 8 -- (Fairbanks, AK) – DEA Special Agent in Charge Rodney G. Benson announced that Robert Barondeau Sanderson, a resident of Fairbanks, was sentenced in federal court in Fairbanks on May 2, 2007 to 20 years imprisonment on his conviction for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of firearms. Sanderson’s conviction resulted from a four-day jury trial.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Schroder, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Sanderson possessed over one pound of methamphetamine when law enforcement officers searched his home, pursuant to a search warrant, on August 15, 2006. The evidence at trial included testimony describing two surveiled undercover purchases of methamphetamine at Sanderson’s home. Also, during the search, the officers found numerous firearms. Sanderson is prohibited from owning firearms due to a previous felony conviction, which was also related to methamphetamine.

United States District Court Judge Ralph B. Beistline imposed the sentence on Sanderson, 42, of 872 Bouton Court. Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Beistline recognized that methamphetamine is a curse in our communities, destroying lives of the users and sometimes their families.

“The citizens of Fairbanks can be assured that the DEA, working together with our other federal, state and local law enforcement partners, will continually focus our efforts and resources to ensure the safety of communities in Alaska by bringing to justice those persons who participate in illegal drug trafficking activities” commented Special Agent in Charge Benson.

Other departments and agencies participating in the investigation included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement which includes officers from the Alaska State Troopers, the Fairbanks Police Department, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department.