16 lbs of meth smuggled to Alaska in stuffed animals
An Anchorage man is facing several drug charges after admitting to being involved in an alleged Alaska-bound drug trafficking scheme, which involved shipping 16 pounds of meth sewn inside stuffed animals, authorities say.
According to the criminal complaint document, on August 24, U.S. Postal inspectors in Anchorage seized approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine from a USPS Express Parcel shipped from Visalia, California to 8457 Barnett Drive in south Anchorage.
On October 19, another suspicious package was found at the Anchorage Processing and Distribution Center. It was addressed from "Veronica Perez" in Visalia, California to "Erica Lopez" at 1002 Wildrose Ct. in Anchorage.
The complaint states the methamphetamine in both shipments was sewn inside stuffed animals. K9 Mocha indicated the parcel had the odor of controlled substances on October 19.
Postal Inspectors applied for and obtained federal search warrant and found 9 pounds, 15.2 ounces of a white, crystalline substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Postal Inspectors and DEA made provisions and preparations to conduct a controlled delivery of the package the next day.
Around 12:30 p.m. on October 20, the feds, state and local LEOs conducted a controlled delivery of the package to the address on Wildrose Court in Anchorage. According to the criminal complaint, Victor Somsy signed for the package with the fake name of "Johnny Som."
Two days later, officers contacted Somsy, who acknowledged signing for the package and that he knew the package contained drugs. He told investigators he was involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy with Cheng Saechao, who is also facing drug charges after police say he admitted to being a major Anchorage drug distributor-- following the seizure of more than $1 million in heroin and methamphetamine from a local home in October.
Somsy said he would give Saechao addresses for parcels to be shipped, receive and hold them for a few days, before delivering the packages to Saechao for distribution.
Somsy told investigators he thought the packages contained marijuana and believed he was compensated for his role in the trafficking scheme with marijuana. He says he received five similar parcels in previous months.
However, he later changed his story and admitted to investigators that he lied and was paid $1000 for each package he received, and said he had received seven parcels this year, not five. He also admitted to opening the boxes and said his fingerprints would likely be found.
In total, about 16 pounds of meth-- or 70,000 individual does-- were seized in relation to this case.
Somsy faces charges of conspiracy to possess and possession with the intent to distribute.
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