Attorney accused of slipping drugs to inmates at large
The Anchorage defense attorney charged with smuggling drugs to her client at the Anchorage Jail is at large and sought by federal agents, after failing to show up for a court appearance.
Kit Lee Karjala, 55, and client Christopher Brandon Miller, 34, also face an expanded 25-count federal indictment of charges ranging from drug conspiracy and money laundering to distributing and attempting to distribute a controlled substance in prison, according to U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder's office. The new charges span from June 2016 to May 2017.
Prosecutors had previously accused Karjala of using attorney-client visits at the jail to bring Miller drugs including heroin and suboxone into the facility, which he then smuggled into the main facility.
“The superseding indictment also alleges that Karjala and Miller conspired to conduct financial transactions involving drug proceeds, which were designed to promote the drug conspiracy and to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of those drug proceeds,” prosecutors wrote.
Karjala had been scheduled to appear at a Tuesday bail review hearing, but an arrest warrant has been issued for her “intentionally failing to appear.”
Anyone with information on Karjala’s whereabouts is asked to call the Anchorage FBI office at 276-4441.
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