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Anchorage Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska-Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that a man from Fairbanks, Alaska was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Thony Yang, 24, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess.  Yang received a sentence of 120 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release for his conviction of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

On March 5, 2014, law enforcement officers identified a suspicious package that was scheduled to be delivered to an address in Anchorage, Alaska.  Officers obtained a search warrant for the package and found 1,400 grams of actual methamphetamine inside.  Law enforcement officers replaced the methamphetamine with “sham” or fake methamphetamine and then delivered the package to the Anchorage address where it was picked up by a co-conspirator of Yang.  Yang appeared to be conducting surveillance at the residence when the package was delivered.  Yang confirmed that he was waiting for the parcel and he expected to receive a portion of the methamphetamine in the package.

Before imposing the sentence, Judge Burgess commented that Mr. Yang had dug himself into a very deep hole at a very young age.

Mr. Yang's co-defendant, Cha Tony Vue, is scheduled to be sentenced on November 6, 2014.

Mr. Feldis commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Mr. Yang.

Updated February 9, 2015