News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2007
Contact: Steve Hooten
206 553-1155

Three Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Conspiracy
To Distribute Cocaine

MAY 16 -- (ANCHORAGE) – DEA Special Agent in Charge Rodney G. Benson and United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen announced that on Thursday, May 10, 2007, Luis Serrano from the Dominican Republic, Andrew Phillip Waters of Anchorage, and Zaim Selimoski of Anchorage, were sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for their convictions of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Stephan A. Collins, a total of five persons were charged, including these three defendants, along with two other individuals, Azdin Dzaferi and Gzim Veseli, who are fugitives. The investigation lasted several months during the early part of 2006, and ended on September 9, 2006, after the investigators seized over one kilogram of cocaine and several firearms from 3106 Dawson in Anchorage.

Prior to imposing sentence, United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline noted that when he was a state court judge, he had previously sentenced Serrano following his conviction for dealing cocaine in Fairbanks and that Serrano apparently had not learned his lesson. Serrano is subject to deportation after serving his sentence. Waters had no prior convictions for drug trafficking but had several assault convictions on his record, including one for assaulting his girlfriend, at whose house the officers found the kilogram of cocaine.

Judge Beistline sentenced Serrano, age 34, to 192 months in prison; Waters, age 29, to 72 months in prison; and Selimoski, age 41, to 15 months in prison.

“These convictions and sentences send a loud and clear message that drug trafficking, which deteriorates the fabric of our communities, will not be tolerated” commented SAC Benson. Mr. Cohen commended the DEA and Anchorage Police Department for the investigation which led to the successful prosecution of Serrano, Waters, and Selimoski.