Two Anchorage Women plead guilty to drug and weapons charges
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage resident pled guilty yesterday in federal court to charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and felon in possession of firearms.
Nancie Caridad Modeste, 27, entered her guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason. In connection with the guilty plea, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White Bradley, advised the court that Modeste and her co-defendant, Ashley Helene Hilton, possessed firearms in September 2012. Both defendants have prior felony convictions. Modeste was convicted of felony tampering with evidence in 2005, and Hilton was convicted of second degree felony robbery that same year. Modeste admitted to possessing three semi-automatic pistols, while her co-defendant admitted to possessing only one of the pistols. In addition to the firearms, Modeste also possessed 85 grams of crack cocaine, which she intended to sell to others. On March 8, 2013, Hilton entered a plea of guilty to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Modeste is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Gleason on July 1, 2013, and Hilton’s sentencing is set for May 17, 2013. For Modeste, the law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a potential maximum sentence of 40 years, a potential fine of five million dollars, or both.
Hilton faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history of the defendants.
Ms. Loeffler commends the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation of this case.