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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Anchorage Man sentenced to 84 months prison for distributing Methamphetamine

Anchorage, Alaska-U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a man from Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court for drug conspiracy and distribution of a controlled substance. 

Albert Maifea, 36, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason.  Maifea received a sentence of 84 months prison and five years of supervised release.  Maifea had previously pled guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of drug conspiracy and one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh, who prosecuted the case, in July 2012, Maifea distributed 15.7 grams of actual methamphetamine in exchange for $2,900.00.  Maifea was in possession of a firearm during the methamphetamine transaction.  Later in July 2012, after another sale of methamphetamine by Maifea, law enforcement attempted to apprehend him and Maifea attempted to flee from law enforcement while driving through a busy intersection in Anchorage.  His dangerous driving caused several traffic collisions before he was arrested by law enforcement. 

Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Gleason said that the defendant created a risk to the public by fleeing from law enforcement and there was a need to protect the public from future crimes committed by the defendant.  Judge Gleason found that Maifea’s drug offense was aggravated due to his carrying a firearm during the transaction and the collisions he caused while attempting to flee.

Ms. Loeffler commended the Alaska State Troopers, the Anchorage Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Maifea.

Updated January 29, 2015