JULY 09 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) - On July 1, 2013, after deliberating for four hours, a jury of four men and eight women found California gang member Richard Melvin Corum, 30, guilty of drug conspiracy and witness tampering.
According the evidence presented at trial, from April 2010 through January 2011, Corum supplied oxycodone for a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy which operated between California and Alaska. Corum, a/k/a “Little Man,” a resident of Sacramento, California, is a reported member of the criminal street gang “Bloods”. Corum supplied oxycodone pills to the drug trafficking conspiracy who would then utilize drug couriers to transport the pills to Juneau, Alaska, for subsequent distribution.
In November 2010, due to heavy law enforcement interdiction at the Seattle-Tacoma airport of drug couriers, Corum and other members of the conspiracy decided to utilize commercial package delivery services instead of drug couriers in order to evade law enforcement detection. Corum recruited his cousin and his girlfriend to fly to Juneau to distribute pills for the organization.
In early December 2010, Corum’s cousin flew to Juneau to receive packages of oxycodone for subsequent sale in the Juneau area. Members of the conspiracy in California received the pills from Corum and shipped the pills to Corum’s cousin. Corum and other members of the conspiracy would direct Corum’s cousin to local dealers in the Juneau area to distribute the pills and collect drug proceeds. Corum’s cousin then took the drug proceeds and deposited them into the new bank account of Arianna Dixon, Corum’s girlfriend, which had been opened days before Corum’s cousin travelled to Juneau.
Corum was indicted for drug conspiracy on February 21, 2012, and arrested by law enforcement on March 2, 2012. During this time, other members of the conspiracy had been previously arrested and prosecuted for their roles in the drug conspiracy. As a result, a number of individuals were witnesses to Corum’s involvement in the drug conspiracy and agreed to testify against him. Corum was scheduled for trial in Anchorage in June 2012, for drug conspiracy, and then learned of the identities of those who were going to testify against him through the discovery process. On June 24, 2012, Corum assaulted one of the witnesses against him at the Anchorage Jail Center with the intent to prevent the witness from testifying against him. The incident was captured on video.
Corum is scheduled for sentencing before U.S District Court Judge Burgess on October 17, 2013, in Juneau. The law provides for a sentence up to 30 years on each count, a fine of $2,000,000 and a mandatory minimum of 6 years to life of supervised release on the drug conspiracy count and a fine of $250,000 and up to five years of supervised release on the witness tampering charge.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s D-22 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force; Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations; The State of Alaska Criminal Laboratory; Port of Seattle Police Department; and the Juneau Police Department - Drug Metro Unit.