4 charged in prison drug trafficking conspiracy
Four Anchorage residents have been charged after allegedly conspiring to smuggle and distribute drugs into prison, authorities say.
According to a release from the office for U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, Steven Cao, 32, a federal inmate at the time, Brandon Beltz, 26, Jennifer Delossantos, 33, and Allyson Moore, 20, were all charged with "drug conspiracy and attempt to obtain a prohibited object by a prison inmate."
Cao and Delossantos were also charged with use of a firearm while Beltz and Moore were charged with possession of a firearm.
Between Nov. 13, 2013 and Dec. 7, 2017, Cao, Beltz, Delossantos and Moore allegedly attempted to obtain buprenorphine, also known as “subutext,” a narcotic drug, for Cao while he was in federal pre-trial custody at ACC, according to the indictment. It is further alleged that they conspired to distribute these drugs to other inmates being held ACC.
The office for U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder detailed their plan in the release:
Specifically, the plan was to recruit an individual who was subject to State of Alaska pre-trial supervision to whom the conspirators would deliver the drugs. The individual would then internally smuggle the drugs into the correctional institution by intentionally violating his conditions of release so that the state would remand him back into prison custody for 72 hours. During this short period of re-incarceration, the smuggler was to deliver the drugs to Cao, who would then distribute the drugs to other inmates. Cao and Delossantos allegedly gave a firearm to Beltz and Moore as payment in furtherance of executing the plan to smuggle drugs into ACC.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Anchorage Police Department investigated with the assistance of the Department of Corrections (DOC).
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