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

Friday, July 19, 2013

Former Contract Employee with Postal Service indicted fro drug conspiracy and possessing stolen mail

Anchorage, Alaska-Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that a Wasilla woman was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage, Alaska, on drug charges as well as a charge of possession of stolen mail. 

Brenda Sue Cox, 52, of Wasilla, Alaska, is the sole defendant named in two separate indictments.  The first charges her with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin as well as related drug crimes.  The second indictment charges Cox, a former contract employee with the United States Postal Service, with possession of stolen mail.  Both indictments stem from law enforcement actions in October 2012.  The indictment alleges that Cox was found to be in possession of heroin and methamphetamine as well as multiple pieces of stolen mail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that Cox faces a ten-year mandatory minimum sentence on the drug charges, while the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possessing the stolen mail.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant. 

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated January 29, 2015