ANCHORAGE– Mark Thomas, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Seattle Field Division, announced today that a federal grand jury returned a four count indictment charging a Fairbanks man with drug and firearms charges.
The indictment charges Dale Cleveland Johnson, Jr., 47, with two counts of possession of a mixture containing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count of being a felon in possession of firearms, and one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug offense. According to the indictment, Johnson possessed a large quantity of methamphetamine and 20 assorted firearms. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of the 20 firearms.
The law provides for a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million, or both, on the drug offense alone. The possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug offense carries a mandatory five-year consecutive sentence. Under the federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alaska Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.