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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Anchorage Drug Dealer sentenced in Federal Court to 84 months in prison

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a resident of Anchorage has been sentenced in federal court for his conviction of drug trafficking conspiracy. 

Rhadames Marmolejos, Jr., 21, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline to 84 months in prison.    

According to information presented to the court by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White Bradley, who prosecuted the case, Marmolejos sold heroin on eight separate occasions to an undercover agent working for the DEA. Marmolejos obtained the drugs from his co-defendants, Christopher Thomas Mejia and Jared Thomas Bowers.  The total amount of heroin involved in this drug trafficking conspiracy amounted to over 500 grams.  At the time of his arrest, law enforcement discovered a Taurus Pro DS semiautomatic pistol, a Remington 870 Tactical 12-gauge shotgun, two drug scales with heroin residue, and assorted ammunition in Marmolejos’ apartment.                 

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Beistline noted both Marmolejos’ youth and his assaultive criminal history involving firearms.  In prior state cases, Marmolejos assaulted his victims while using both firearms and death threats.  Marmolejos pled guilty to his offense, while his co-defendants were convicted at trial in August of this year.  Mejia and Bowers will be sentenced later this month.                          

Ms. Loeffler commends the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the convictions in this case.  SAUSA Bradley is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases. 

Updated January 29, 2015