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Friday, February 20, 2015

Kodiak Man Indicted For Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Kodiak man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage, Alaska on drug charges.

Teodoro Berdan, 55, of Kodiak, Alaska was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute over 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.  Berdan was arrested on February 7, 2015, in Kodiak after taking possession of a U.S. Postal Service parcel containing 122 grams of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that Berdan faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, and a $5,000,000 fine.  Under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the offense and any prior criminal history of the defendant.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case, with assistance from the FBI and the Kodiak Police Department.

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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 20, 2015