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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

California Man Sentenced To 72 Months For Role In Oxycodone And Money Laundering Conspiracies

Anchorage, Alaska-U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a California man was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve a 72 month term of imprisonment for his role in an oxycodone distribution and money laundering ring.

Anwar Hasan, 69, of Oakland, California, previously pled guilty to conspiring to distribute large quantities of oxycodone and, additionally, to conspiring to launder the proceeds of his drug trafficking activities.  As part of his guilty plea, Hasan admitted to acquiring oxycodone pills in California and then selling them to distributors in New York, New Jersey, California and Alaska.  He further admitted recruiting others to distribute oxycodone in Alaska because the prices were higher here.

After Hasan’s distributors sold the oxycodone they deposited the proceeds of their trafficking into a bank account that Hasan maintained.  Between January and September 2010, Hasan received more than $284,000 in cash deposits to his bank account, despite only earning just over $15,000 in declared income for the same year.  As part of his guilty plea, Hasan admitted that the $284,000 were the proceeds of oxycodone trafficking.

In announcing the 72-month sentence, Judge Burgess called Hasan’s actions dramatic and extremely serious.  Judge Burgess also noted that it was clear that Hasan’s actions were motivated by money and emphasized the need to protect the public and deter others from committing similar crimes.

Following his prison term, Hasan will be on supervised release for a term of three years.  In announcing the sentence, Ms. Loeffler praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations who served as the lead agency on the investigation that lead to Hasan’s conviction.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 13, 2015