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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Anchorage Man Sentenced to 105 Total Months for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Crimes

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Mark Earl Pitoscia, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve 105 total months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, followed by five years of supervised release.  The court sentenced Pitoscia to 45 months in prison on count one, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, followed by 60 months in prison on count two, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, with the sentences to be served consecutively.   

In November 2015, Pitoscia was seen in the Carrs grocery store parking lot in Wasilla, inside a vehicle, measuring methamphetamine on a digital scale.  Pitoscia was searched and he was found in possession of 27 grams of actual methamphetamine, a digital scale, and a Glock handgun.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess noted the seriousness of the crime given the quantity of methamphetamine and the presence of a firearm.

U.S. Attorney Loeffler commends the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Alaska State Troopers for the successful investigation and prosecution of this case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated October 4, 2016