Three charged in conspiracy to import and distribute bath salts
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that three men were indicted on August 23, 2012, on charges that they conspired to import controlled substances from China and distribute them in Alaska. Robin Gattis, 19, of Wasilla, Chad Joseph Cameron, 18, of Palmer, and Stephen Kimbrell, 20, of Soldotna, were charged by a federal grand jury with one count of conspiracy to import a controlled substance known as methylone to Alaska from China between October 2011, and July 2012.
The indictment also alleges that on July 30, 2012, all three defendants possessed methylone with the intent to distribute it on July 24, 2012. Methylone, known by the street names “molly” or “M-1,” is part of a family of synthetic, designer drugs commonly known as “bath salts.” Additionally, Gattis was charged with importing methylone from China in both February and July 2012, and with possession of methylone with the intent to distribute it in February 2012.
The defendants each face a maximum of twenty years in prison on each count that they are charged.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas C. Bradley and James Barkeley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ms. Loeffler commended the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Alaska State Troopers Mat-Su Drug Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the investigation leading to this indictment.
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.