Anchorage Resident Sentenced to 15 Years In Federal Prison For Drug And Gun Crimes
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage resident was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 15 years in prison for his convictions for distributing over 50 grams of actual methamphetamine and for possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.
On March 17, 2011, Jesus Alberto Ayalacoria, a/k/a “Borrego”, 39, a Mexican citizen residing in Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Bottini, Ayalacoria was involved in distributing methamphetamine in Anchorage in 2009, and 2010. A law enforcement investigation also established that Ayalacoria was armed with a firearm during at least one methamphetamine sale. Ayalacoria was arrested on September 16, 2010, in Anchorage, and a search of his residence at that time lead to the seizure of additional drugs and firearms.
Ayalacoria plead guilty in November 2010. As part of a plea agreement, Ayalacoria also agreed to forfeit $1,365 in United States currency which had been seized at the time of his arrest as drug sale proceeds.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess noted that Ayalacoria was subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for the drug distribution conviction, and a consecutive mandatory minimum sentence of an additional 5 years for the firearm conviction. Ayalacoria, who is a citizen of Mexico, also faces deportation to that country following service of his prison sentence in the United States.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigations for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Ayalacoria.