two juneau drug dealers indicted by federal grand jury
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today, that on March 5, 2012, Jason Rivera, 25, and Brent Maki, 31, both residents of Juneau, Alaska, were arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith on separate indictments charging conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, Maki was also charged with an additional count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to the indictments, Rivera was involved in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone between June 2009 to about June 2010; Maki was charged with being involved in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit money laundering between September 2009 to about November 2010.
Assistant United States Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both for the drug conspiracy charges and a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Judge Smith ordered that Rivera and Maki be detained in federal custody pending trial. The Court set a trial date of May 9, 2012 for both defendants.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, D-22 High Intensity Drug Interdiction Task Force in Seattle, Washington, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, Port of Seattle Police Department, Juneau Police Department Metro Drug Unit conducted the investigation leading to the indictments in this case
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.