Father, son sentenced in Juneau drug trafficking conspiracy
A father and son duo from Juneau have been sentenced for their roles in a citywide drug trafficking conspiracy where officials say they were caught distributing large quantities of methamphetamine.
Charles Edward Cotten Jr., 53, was sentenced on Thursday to serve 10 years in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release. According to a news release from the Department of Justice, he pleaded guilty to four counts of drug distribution.
Cotten's son, 37-year-old Ricky Stapler Lisk, was previously sentenced to serve five years in prison, followed by another five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to one count of drug distribution.
"According to court documents, in May and June 2017, Cotten distributed methamphetamine to individuals on four separate occasions in Juneau, for a total of 112 grams of methamphetamine," the release states. " During one of these transactions, Cotten was accompanied by Lisk and his late common law wife and had them handle money, drugs, or both during the transaction. The investigation revealed that one of the transactions was conducted on Cotten’s recreational boat, M/V Northwind, and that Lisk received part of the drug proceeds."
Cotten was in possession of 391.9 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded .45 caliber firearm at the time of his arrest. His motorcycle and boat were seized by law enforcement; both were used for drug trafficking.
The DOJ says over 500 grams of methamphetamine were seized over the course of the conspiracy. The drugs were either distributed or possessed with the intent to distribute in Juneau.
According to the release, court documents show that the amount of drugs seized is enough to supply nearly 5,000 individuals — about one-sixth of Juneau's population.
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