Members of large Alaska drug conspiracy indicted
Indictment Includes Members of a Local Rap Group Who Sang About Drug Trafficking
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that seven men and one woman were arrested during a joint federal and state takedown in Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta, Georgia; and Rochester, New York. Eleven individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on
August 22, 2012, on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder cocaine, oxycodone pills, and marijuana in Anchorage and Fairbanks. The indictment alleges that the conspiracy began in 2009 and continued through August 2012. The indictment detailed multiple shipments of cocaine to Alaska involving over 50 kilograms of cocaine.
The indictment names DONNELL R. S. JOHNSON, a/k/a “D”, a/k/a “Creep"; TERRANCE S. FLEMING, a/k/a “Baydilla”, a/k/a “Fatboy”, a/k/a “Rodney William Payne"; ANTONIO FLEMING, a/k/a “Wookie”, DALON JOHNSON, a/k/a “DayDay”, TEVORIS CARTER, a/k/a “Peanut”, a/k/a “Young Money”, ROCK EDWARD PHELPS II, a/k/a “Skitzo Scoe”, DEMAR MOULTRIE, a/k/a “Duckmane”, a/k/a “All Day”, JERAELYN HILL, a/k/a “Dredhead”, a/k/a “Rae”, JERRY WORMLEY, JR., a/k/a “Two-tone”, EMMA ELIZABETH SHINE, and
BRENT GUNNELS, a/k/a “BG, as defendants.
The indictment alleges that Donnell Johnson, Terrance and Antonio Fleming, Dalon Johnson, Carter, Phelps, Moultrie, Hill, Wormley, and Shine, would receive shipments of powder cocaine, oxycodone pills, and marijuana from sources in Nevada, California, and Washington, and then distribute it in Anchorage and Fairbanks between 2009 and August 2012. The indictment alleges that Donnell Johnson, Terrance Fleming, Antonio Fleming, Dalon Johnson, Tavoris Carter, Rock Phelps, Demar Moultrie, and Jeraelyn Hill were affiliated with a local rap group known as "UNDB" (Up North "D" Boys), as well as "Out Da Cutt" Records. The indictment alleges that drug proceeds were used in an attempt to facilitate and legitimize the music careers of the members of the conspiracy by making it appear that they were profitable recording artists. These individuals produced and featured themselves in several music videos available on the website YouTube.com. In these videos, they perform under the stage names mentioned as aliases in the indictment, and lyrics to many of the songs refer to drug trafficking.
The indictment also alleges that Donnell Johnson, Shine, and Gunnels also conspired in an attempt to destroy evidence that was associated with the conspiracy located at one of Johnson's residences in North Pole, Alaska. According to the indictment, the Donnell Johnson, Shine, and Gunnels conspired to remove a firearm and other evidence from the North Pole residence. Finally, the indictment seeks to forfeit property that facilitated the drug trafficking conspiracy, as well as property that constituted drug proceeds. Include are cash, custom jewelry, a firearm, ten vehicles, and a house located on Dannilynn Circle in Anchorage.
Terrence Fleming, 32, formerly of Anchorage, was arrested on August 30, in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Firearms, packaging material, and custom jewelry were seized from his residence.
Carter, 26, and Moultrie, 24, also who previously resided in Anchorage, were arrested on August 30 in Rochester, New York. Terrance Fleming, Carter, and Moultrie are being detained pending transfer back to Anchorage.
Antonio Fleming, 33, Emma Shine, 24, Dalon Johnson, 35, Rock Phelps, 26, and Jeraelyn Hill, 24, were arrested on August 30, in Anchorage. Crack cocaine and a gun were seized from Shine's residence. Over $10,000 in cash was seized with a residence associated with Antonio Fleming. They were being arraigned in federal court this morning.
Donnell Johnson, 30, has been in custody since January 2012. The indictment alleges that he was responsible for distribution of cocaine in Fairbanks.
Police have not yet arrested Jerry Wormley, Jr., 34, and Brent Gunnels, 31, both of Fairbanks. Authorities are seeking information as to their whereabouts.
The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska. The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison with a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000.00, or both. Under the federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Anchorage Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the indictment. They were assisted by federal and local law enforcement in Atlanta, Rochester, and Oakland.
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.