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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Alaska Man Sentenced to 6½ Years In Prison for Trafficking Oxycodone and Morphine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Charles Connor, 35, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to six years and six months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on December 17, 2012, the United States Postal Service in Anchorage intercepted a package sent to Connor from co-defendant Stacy Mistler, a resident of Marysville, California. The package contained 300 oxycodone 30‑mg tablets. Law enforcement delivered the package to Connor and then arrested him.

Further investigation revealed that between November 7, 2011, and December 17, 2012, Mistler sent prescription drugs from Northern California to Connor in Alaska. Connor made deposits into Mistler’s bank account to pay for the pills. In total, Mistler shipped approximately 9,600 pills to Connor. About two-thirds of the pills were oxycodone and one‑third of the tablets were morphine. In exchange for the pills, Connor deposited approximately $125,000 into Mistler’s bank account.

On April 21, 2016, Judge Nunley sentenced Mistler to 35 months in prison.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Service, the Alaska State Troopers, the California Department of Justice Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith prosecuted the case.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. OCDETF’s principal mission is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

Topic(s): 
Prescription Drugs
Press Release Number: 
2:13-cr-165 TLN
Updated May 13, 2016