anchorage man pleads guilty to drug, firearms and witness tampering
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man pled guilty in federal court in Anchorage to five counts of distribution of controlled substances and one count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and witness tampering.
On October 29, 2010, Todd Robert Klink, 40, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, pled guilty to the charges before United States District Judge H. Russel Holland.
According to court documents filed in connection with the pleas, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White advised the court that Klink sold methamphetamine to an informant on five separate occasions. At the time of his arrest, Klink was in the possession of methamphetamine and firearms. Klink has a prior felony conviction for misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree. Shortly after his initial contact with law enforcement agents, Klink made threatening statements toward a witness for the United States.
> Judge Holland calendared Klink’s sentencing for January 1, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, with a potential maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Klink also faces a potential fine of $2 million. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Klink continues to remain in custody pending sentencing.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the convictions in this case. Ms. White is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office who is funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases.