Fairbanks drug dealer busted by trooper gets nearly 6 years
A Fairbanks man arrested with thousands of dollars and extensive drug supplies in North Pole last year has been ordered to spend almost six years in federal prison.
Abdul Karim Oluwafemi Adepoju, 33, was sentenced to 68 months Friday by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office. Adepoju, who was taken into custody in September, pleaded guilty in January to one count of distribution of a controlled substance.
The events leading to Adepoju’s Sept. 29 arrest began when a trooper visited a North Pole home to take him into custody on probation and parole warrants. Troopers had been told Adepoju had been spotted sitting in a green Mitsubishi car parked near the home, but he was found inside the residence.
Although Adepoju initially claimed to be his brother when asked for identification, he was still arrested.
“When the trooper was reporting Adepoju’s arrest to dispatch, Adepoju attempted to throw something from his jacket toward the rear of the patrol vehicle,” federal prosecutors wrote. “When Adepoju was searched, $2,791 was recovered from his person, and the item recovered from behind the patrol vehicle was a clear gallon-sized [Ziploc] bag containing drugs. Adepoju denied the drugs were his, and began walking away.”
After putting the bag on the back of his vehicle, the trooper tried to stop Adepoju and called for backup.
“Adepoju then grabbed the [Ziploc] bag and started running away from the trooper,” federal prosecutors wrote. “The trooper chased the defendant and wrestled him to the ground. While Adepoju was in handcuffs, he repeatedly tried to stand up and wrestle free. At that time, the trooper finished searching Adepoju and located a set of Mitsubishi keys.”
Prosecutors said the Ziploc bag contained nine smaller clear bags containing methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. When officers received court approval to search the Mitsubishi, they found "a black zip-up case on the passenger seat, which contained additional drugs for distribution and a digital scale.”
After he leaves prison, Adepoju will spend five years on supervised release.
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