A 33-year-old Fairbanks man faces federal drug trafficking charges, after prosecutors say he claimed to have sold pounds of methamphetamine in less than a week earlier this year.

A federal indictment including three counts of distributing meth against Christopher Thomas Howard, also known as “Indy,” was announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office.

A criminal complaint against Howard said he distributed meth on Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. When he allegedly agreed to sell two ounces of meth on Jan. 3, he traveled to Club Manchu near the Parks and Richardson highways to do the deal.

“During the exchange, Howard got into another vehicle and handed over two plastic baggies of methamphetamine,” federal officials wrote. “Howard allegedly told the buyer that he had four ounces of methamphetamine left, that he had sold two pounds over the last couple of days, and that he should be getting more soon.”

Investigators in the case, with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, discovered that Howard’s two baggies contained “55.2 grams of pure d-Methamphetamine Hydrochloride.”

If convicted, Howard faces a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

During a preliminary hearing last week, a federal magistrate judge found probable cause to continue detaining Howard. A statewide inmate database listed him in custody Thursday at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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