An Alaska drug dealer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a money laundering conspiracy that sold drugs throughout Southcentral Alaska.

A release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder on Friday states 52-year-old Mark Norman Hanes, of Sterling, will serve time and three years of supervised release after jail for his role in the drug conspiracy. 

According to documents filed in the case, Hanes was involved in selling meth and heroin between mid-2014 and January 2015. Hanes had drug suppliers in Anchorage who drove to his home in Sterling on two separate occasions to deliver product. Money would be paid to Hanes through different bank accounts associated with the drug scheme.

The documents also state when Hanes' home was searched by police he had one pound of meth, a half-pound of heroin and $5,000 in cash hidden inside a safe in his bedroom.

Upon searching further, police also found a loaded Glock handgun with an envelope with the words "Casey, Emergency Only!" written on the outside. The envelope had a U-Haul security card and two keys in it.

Inside the storage unit? Investigators found meth, heroin and $148,000 in cash.

Hanes wasn't at his house though during the search. According to the release, he was in Mexico, having traveled there a week prior to the investigation. He remained there until he was arrested on or around Sept. 11, 2017. 

At sentencing Friday, U.S. Judge Sharon Gleason noted Hanes had more than 400 doses of meth as well as 2,000 doses of heroin. Gleason went on to say that the large amount of drugs sold in this case harmed a rural community.

"Drugs destroy so many lives," she said. 

Judge Gleason said even though Hanes was a drug user, the huge amount of money taken in the case made it clear he was motivated by addiction, but also by money and profits.

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