wasilla man sentenced to 64 months in federal prison for attempting to traffic methamphetamine into alaska
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Wasilla man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 64 months in prison for attempted possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
On September 1, 2011, Jeremy Locklear, 28, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Ralph R. Beistline. Locklear pled guilty in April 2011.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Craig M. Warner, who prosecuted the case, the evidence established that Locklear is the nephew of Ricky Alan Reese, who in February 2011, was convicted at trial and sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute 23 pounds of methamphetamine in Alaska. After Reese’s conviction, Reese assisted Locklear to contact Reese’s former associates, in an attempt to re-establish the flow of methamphetamine to Alaska from Reese’s Mexican source of supply. Over a period of several months, Locklear negotiated to receive methamphetamine from a man he believed to be a conduit to Reese’s Mexican drug supplier. During this time, Locklear told the man that he would not be caught because he was extremely “careful” in conducting drug business. In March 2011, Locklear then brought $10,000 to a meeting with the man he believed to be the intermediary for the Mexican source of supply, intending to use the cash as a down payment to purchase one pound of methamphetamine.
At sentencing, Judge Beistline remarked that the human toll of illicit drug trafficking was painful and substantial, both to the citizens of the United States and to those of Mexico. He further noted that Mr. Locklear had observed Ricky Reese’s entire jury trial, and had apparently not been deterred by his uncle’s conviction from attempting to continue and further his drug trafficking operations. Judge Beistline explained that these and other factors, considered in light of the relevant sentencing law, warranted the 64-month sentence imposed on Locklear.
The investigation leading to the prosecution of Locklear was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance and cooperation of the Alaska State Troopers.