Kodiak Man sentenced for possession of meth
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Kodiak man was sentenced in federal court in Fairbanks for one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
David Ramirez, 40, from Kodiak, Alaska, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh, in October 2011, Ramirez was pulled over by Kodiak Police for a traffic violation, during the contact with the Kodiak Police a narcotics dog detected illegal narcotics in the trunk of the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the trunk of the vehicle, Kodiak Police found a duffle bag that contained small amounts of methamphetamine, as well as packaging materials, scales, two loaded firearms, Ramirez identification, and other items indicative of distribution of methamphetamine. Ramirez was taken into custody and brought to the Kodiak Jail, during a subsequent search of his person before entering the facility; Kodiak Police found 4 grams of actual methamphetamine. In a separate incident in September 2011, Ramirez had also attempted to accept delivery of a package sent to Kodiak from California by Federal Express that contained 12 grams of actual methamphetamine.
During sentencing, Judge Gleason recognized the impact that distribution of methamphetamine can have on a small community such as Kodiak and emphasized the need to protect the public from individuals that distribute methamphetamine.
Ramirez was prosecuted as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska’s Rural Prosecution Initiative, a part of the Department of Justice’s commitment to improved public safety for rural Alaska and Alaskan tribal communities.
Ms. Loeffler commends the Kodiak Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for the investigation of this case.