Juneau man gets 4-year sentence for flying in heroin, meth
A Juneau man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into Alaska’s capital city, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office announced Tuesday’s sentence against 40-year-old Bryan O’Neil Yambao Arce. His 54-month prison term, on one count of drug conspiracy to which he pleaded guilty in November, was handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Tim Burgess.
According to federal prosecutors, Arce was responsible for bringing four ounces of mixed substances and 202 grams of methamphetamine during the course of the case.
“The investigation revealed that, in order to elude law enforcement, Arce utilized a false identification while travelling to Juneau on commercial aircraft, and carried heroin and methamphetamine on his person for subsequent distribution in Juneau,” prosecutors wrote. “Arce also collected drug proceeds from co-conspirators while in Juneau to pay for drugs previously supplied during the course of the conspiracy.”
Arce sent the proceeds from the drug sales back to himself in a series of 32 air cargo packages.
The scheme began to unravel in June 2015, when the Juneau Drug Enforcement Unit received tips that Arce was involved in drug smuggling.
Investigators found Arce’s fraudulent ID and $3,946 in a local store as they followed up on a 50-gram meth delivery. They also learned that Arce had sent two ounces of meth from California to a co-conspirator’s house in Juneau, as his associates continued to send him drug proceeds.
When Arce was arrested on an April 2017 trip to Juneau, investigators found 202 grams of meth in his suitcase.
“According to court documents, Arce’s social media page had hundreds of pages of communications with individuals related to drug trafficking and distribution,” prosecutors wrote. “Arce advised co-conspirators on how to distribute narcotics and how to collect drug proceeds, and even joked about overdoses in the community and wondered aloud if he might be responsible.”
After Arce leaves prison, he will spend five years on supervised release.
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