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Anchorage Man Sentenced to more than 21 Years for Drug Trafficking, Causing Death of Young Woman

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

Anchorage, Alaska B U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve 262 months in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that led to the death of a young woman.

Dwight Williams, 51, of Anchorage, Alaska previously pled guilty to participating in a drug conspiracy to distribute significant quantities of heroin and methamphetamine.  As part of the conspiracy, in early August 2013, Williams and a co-conspirator sold approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine in exchange for $1350.

Williams also admitted that, just a few weeks later, he distributed heroin to a young woman, S.C., and that giving heroin to S.C. resulted in her death from an overdose.   Specifically, Williams admitted that on August 26, 2013, he and S.C. traveled to a hotel in Anchorage where, in the early morning hours, Williams supplied S.C. with the heroin that ultimately caused her death.  After distributing heroin to S.C., Williams took steps to conceal his involvement in her death by making false claims to law enforcement.

Just three days after S.C.’s tragic death, Williams continued his drug trafficking activities, this time working with others to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and almost 30 grams of nearly pure methamphetamine.  On August 29, 2013, Williams and a co-conspirator traveled to another hotel in Anchorage where the group rented a room.  Williams arrived at the hotel on that date already in possession of both heroin and methamphetamine that he and his associates intended to distribute.

Upon his release from prison, Williams will remain under court supervision for five years.  He was also ordered by Judge Burgess to forfeit a Cadillac Escalade that he used to facilitate his drug trafficking activities.

In sentencing Williams, Judge Burgess noted that he found it difficult to emphasize how sad this case is for the victims.  He also called Williams’ actions extremely reckless and cited the need for the sentence in the case to protect the public from future crimes by Williams.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Loeffler praised the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Anchorage Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations for their investigation of the case.

Updated February 3, 2015