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Anchorage Woman sentenced to 95 months in prison for drug and gun crimes

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

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a resident of Anchorage has been sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for her conviction of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and felon in possession of firearms. 

Nancie Caridad Modeste, 27, from Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to 95 months in prison.   

According to information presented to the court by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White Bradley, who prosecuted the case, Modeste possessed over 100 grams of crack cocaine and over 12 grams of powder cocaine on September 5, 2012.  At the time of her arrest, Modeste was in a vehicle with a large amount of crack cocaine located in a box beneath her driver’s seat.  Law enforcement found Modeste’s fingerprints on the box and they found a scale commonly used to weigh drugs for sale inside of the box.  Law enforcement also found three semi-automatic firearms inside of the vehicle’s center console.  Modeste admitted to possessing the illegal controlled substances, and the firearms.  She further admitted to selling crack cocaine.  Modeste has a prior conviction for felony evidence tampering dating back to 2005.                      

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Gleason noted the serious nature of the offense, along with Modeste’s history of serious crimes.  Judge Gleason also noted a need to protect the public and to deter this type of criminal behavior.                    

Ms. Loeffler commends the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Alaska State Troopers for the investigation of this case.  SAUSA Bradley is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases. 

Updated January 29, 2015