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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Anchorage Man Charged for Trafficking Large Quantities of Heroin and Methamphetamine into Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that an Anchorage man was arrested and charged for the trafficking of multi-kilo quantities of heroin, as well as multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine, which were to be distributed in the Anchorage area.

 

Cheng Chiew Saechao, 28, of Anchorage, was charged yesterday with possession with intent to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin.  Saechao had his initial appearance in court yesterday, and was ordered detained pending grand jury indictment. 

 

According to the complaint, on October 23, 2017, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers arrested Saechao following a seizure of nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), which had been shipped to Alaska from California.  When law enforcement officers subsequently searched Saechao’s residence, they found approximately 4 kilograms of heroin, which is the approximate equivalent of 40,000 individual dose quantities.  In total, the complaint alleges that the street value of the drugs is approximately $400,000 for the heroin and $1,000,000 for the methamphetamine.   

 

At Saechao’s residence, evidence of drug distribution including packaging materials, a digital scale, and a handgun were also found. Following his arrest, Saechao admitted receiving pounds of heroin and methamphetamine in recent months and further admitted he intended to distribute the heroin throughout the Anchorage area.  

 

If convicted, Saechao faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life imprisonment, a $10 million fine, and a minimum of five years of supervised release.   

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force (DEA), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Anchorage Police Department Vice Unit, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Airport Police Department and Alaska National Guard Counter Drug Support Program conducted the investigation leading to the charges 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.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 25, 2017