A California man is spending the next 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in 2017. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess sentenced Enrique Ayon Duenas, 61, on Thursday for his role in trafficking controlled substances,including heroin and methamphetamine, from California to Anchorage, according to a statement from the office for U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder.

According to court documents, Duenas agreed with co-conspirators to distribute controlled substances including 1,000 grams or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from sources in California to people in Alaska. 

"Additionally, Duenas and others laundered the proceeds from the illegal sale of narcotics through financial institutions located in Alaska and California, with the purpose of concealing the true nature of the money," according to court documents. "For example, the money was laundered by transferring it between Alaska and California by various means, including bank deposits made in Alaska into bank accounts in other people’s names, and thereafter by withdrawals in California."

Two additional co-conspirators received sentences for drug conspiracy. Juan Carlos Hernandez was sentenced to 44 months in prison on April 14 and Oscar Josue Maldonado was sentenced to two years in prison on February 27.

Duenas must serve 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and IRS Criminal Investigation helped conduct the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephan A. Collins.

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