Anchorage Man Sentenced to 70 Months for Narcotics Trafficking
Anchorage, Alaska-U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for his role in an Anchorage and Fairbanks drug conspiracy.
Antonio Fleming, a/k/a, “Wookie,” age 35, from Anchorage, Alaska was sentenced on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, by United States District Court Chief Judge Ralph R. Beistline. Fleming received a sentence of 52 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release on charges related to a drug conspiracy. During the course of the drug conspiracy, Fleming was also on Federal Supervised Release from a prior drug conspiracy for which he was sentenced to 120 months in November 2002. As a result of his new conviction, Fleming had 18 months imposed for the probation violation to be served consecutive to the 52 months, for a total of 70 months imprisonment.
Fleming was a member of a drug trafficking conspiracy during which he and his co-conspirators attempted to conceal their drug trafficking by claiming they were involved in a legitimate business, specifically that they were “artists,” employees, or promoters of an Anchorage recording label and rap and hip hop performance group known as “Out Da Cutt” (ODC) Entertainment and “Up North ‘D’” or “Dope Boys” (UNDB). Members of this conspiracy would record rap and hip hop songs, post videos on Youtube.com, and perform local shows in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Much of their music glorified the lifestyle of selling illegal narcotics and committing other crimes. The lavish and extravagant lifestyle portrayed in their music and videos was supported by their sales of illegal narcotics. Fleming held himself out as a business manager of the record label and recording group. During the course of the conspiracy, Fleming was mainly responsible for collecting drug debts.
Fleming has a prior federal drug trafficking conspiracy conviction. Before imposing a sentence, Judge Beistline chastised the defendant for returning to the same criminal lifestyle so soon after being released from a lengthy prison sentence for a similar crime. Judge Beistline characterized the defendant as an "enforcer" during the drug conspiracy, and informed the defendant that he was being sentenced so that others would be deterred in the future and to re-affirm societal norms.
Fleming was a member of a wide ranging conspiracy along with 13 co-conspirators located in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Christopher Anderson was previously sentenced to 14 months imprisonment on November 2, 2012. DeMarr Moultrie was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment on May 1, 2013. Jeraelyn Hill was sentenced to 66 months imprisonment on May 28, 2013. Jerry Wormley was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment on May 31, 2013. Rock Phelps II was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on June 14, 2013. Brent Gunnels was sentenced to 6 months on August 2, 2013. Mihla Hall was sentenced to 28 months on August 21, 2013. Joshua Mustovich was sentenced to 87 months on September
6, 2013. Dalon Johnson was sentenced to 92 months on September 24, 2013. Donnell Johnson, Tevoris Carter, Emma Shine, and Terrance Fleming have plead guilty for their roles in connection with the conspiracy and await sentencing.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Service, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Mr. Fleming.