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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Anchorage Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracy

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Billy Ray Lang, Jr. 29, of Anchorage, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason to serve 46 months in prison for his role in a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, followed by five years of supervised release. 

Lang, Jr.'s role in the conspiracy was to purchase heroin in California and ship it to his co-conspirators in Alaska.  Co-conspirators would send Lang, Jr. money orders and cash via the U.S. Postal Office, as well as make deposits into his bank account.  Lang, Jr. would use this money to pay for additional narcotics in California.  The money orders and bank deposits were used to conceal the proceeds of the sale of the narcotics in Alaska.

Lang, Jr.'s co-conspirators Billy Ray Lang, Sr., 62, and Tynisha Jean Merriouns, 34, were previously sentenced for their roles in this conspiracy.  In November 2015, Billy Ray Lang, Sr. was sentenced to seven years in prison and Tynisha Merriouns was sentenced to four years in prison.  They were also required to forfeit $40,000 in cash and Postal Money orders seized by investigators during a search of their home.

U.S. Attorney Loeffler commends the Anchorage Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations for the successful investigation and prosecution of this case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated July 1, 2016