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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Four Charged in Drug Investigation Based in Kodiak

Four Others Previously Charged in Connection with Same Investigation

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that four individuals associated with drug trafficking in Kodiak have been indicted by a federal grand jury for various drug trafficking and related crimes:

 

  • Christopher Arndt, 38, is currently charged with distribution of methamphetamine, drug conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and was arrested in Kodiak on Aug. 18, 2017;

  • Santos Lopez, 41, is currently charged with distribution of methamphetamine, and was arrested in Kodiak on Aug. 23, 2017;

  • Leigh Ann Massengill, 42, is currently charged with distribution of methamphetamine, drug conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and was arrested in Anchorage on Aug. 30, 2017;

  • James Gerrity, 30, is currently charged with drug conspiracy and remains at large.

 

In connection with this investigation, a federal grand jury has previously indicted four other individuals for drug trafficking and firearms crimes from Kodiak:

 

  • Ann L. Vega, 40, is currently charged with possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute;

  • Nathan Gambrell, 44, is currently charged with felon in possession of firearms;

  • Jose Alberto "Bird" Rodriguez, 30, is currently charged with attempted possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute;

  • Wahyu "Kodiak Mike" Sanjoyo, 36, is currently charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Alaska State Troopers, Kodiak Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have been working together to investigate these matters and to combat drug trafficking and violent crime in Kodiak.

 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated August 31, 2017