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Juneau Man sentenced to 170 months for drug conspiracy

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

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S.  Attorney Karen Loeffler announced today that a Juneau resident was sentenced in Juneau to federal prison for drug conspiracy.

            U.S. District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess sentenced Juneau resident Darrell W. Dawson, 44, to 170 months in prison, for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.  There is no parole in the federal system.

            According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who prosecuted the case, the charges arose from a joint investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service and Juneau Police Department - Drug Metro Unit involving the importation of methamphetamine into Juneau, Alaska, using a United States Postal Service USPS Express Mail parcel.  In July 2012, Darrell W. Dawson and Gema G. Thomas conspired to transport methamphetamine from the lower 48 to Juneau, Alaska.  Dawson provided Thomas $15,000.00 in drug proceeds for six ounces of methamphetamine. Thomas arranged for and paid for the delivery of six ounces of methamphetamine to be delivered to her business, Peer-Amid Beads, from her source of supply in the lower 48 via USPS Express Mail.  Once received, Thomas delivered the methamphetamine to Dawson who distributed the methamphetamine to others in the Juneau area and collected drug proceeds for future payment to Thomas for an additional six ounces of methamphetamine.  Thomas is scheduled to be sentence on March 8, 2013, for her role in the drug conspiracy.

              Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess stated the serious of the offense, deterrence of the defendant and others, the protection of the public, and rehabilitation of the defendant related to his criminal history as reasons that supported the imposition of the above sentence. 

            Ms. Loeffler commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Juneau Police Department - Drug Metro Unit for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Dawson.

Updated January 29, 2015