Seven Individuals Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that seven individuals have been indicted on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges. The defendants named in the indictment are:
- Christina Quintana, a/k/a “Lete,” 32, of Las Cruces, New Mexico;
- Andrea Avalos, a/k/a “Josie,” 22, of Las Cruces, New Mexico;
- Peter Krovina, a/k/a “Lil’ Pete,” 39, of Sitka, Alaska;
- Porter Treadway, 36, of Sitka, Alaska;
- Holly Chambers, 25, of Sitka, Alaska;
- Aaron Didrickson, 29, of Sitka, Alaska; and
- Eric Morisky, a/k/a “Curly,” 30, of Juneau, Alaska.
The indictment charges each of them with drug conspiracy and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. Quintana and Treadway face additional charges for illegally possessing firearms as convicted felons. On Tuesday, May 1, they each appeared in federal court in Juneau on the charges and were detained pending trial.
According to the indictment, beginning on May 2, 2017, and continuing until April 3, 2018, the defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute quantities of methamphetamine and heroin in Sitka, Alaska. Quintana and Avalos allegedly obtained drugs from California and New Mexico for subsequent distribution in Sitka. Quintana and Avalos intimidated other members in the conspiracy by telling them they were members of a larger drug trafficking gang.
Krovina, Treadway, Chambers, Didrickson, and Morisky were members of the drug conspiracy who assisted Quintana and Avalos in the distribution of the drugs in Sitka, as well as the collection of drug debts from others. They all, including Quintana and Avalos, possessed firearms to facilitate their drug trafficking activities, as well as to extract retribution against members of the drug conspiracy who owed drug debts. For example, the indictment alleges that the defendants organized and perpetrated a violent home invasion and robbery where Quintana shot an individual in both legs, and Treadway attacked another individual with a claw hammer, in order to collect a drug debt owed during the course of the conspiracy.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Sitka Police Department conducted the investigation, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service (USMS), leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt.
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.