Los Angeles man sentenced for Anchorage drug, money laundering conspiracy
A Los Angeles man is set to serve 10 years in prison for his role in a drug and money laundering conspiracy with others involving selling cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in Anchorage.
A news release from U.S Attorney for the District of Alaska Bryan Schroder's office announced Wednesday that Michael Joseph Nicholson, 36, must serve his sentence and five years of supervised release.
According to the release, Nicholson along with Wendy Del Carmen Recinos, Jonathan Toliver Jr. and Reon Jordan became involved with the scheme in August 2016 and continued through December 2017.
The group flew back and forth between California and Alaska for the purpose of distributing illegal drugs. A home in Alaska became the base of operations where they stored heroin and cocaine along with other controlled substances to sell.
Investigators said they seized 1.4 kilos of cocaine, 2 pounds of heroin, 43 grams of benzodiazepine and 76 grams of oxycodone.
The release stated the individuals involved also used various methods to launder drug money by depositing money into bank accounts, using wire transfers and shipments of bulk currency in Alaska and California. The funds were used to pay for their travel expenses when trafficking the drugs across state lines.
Approximately $147,998 in U.S. currency, four guns and a Rolex Sky-Dweller wristwatch were seized by the government, according to the release.
Recinos, Toliver Jr. and Jordan were all sentenced earlier this year to serve time in prison for their roles in the drug and money laundering conspiracy. Livingston was sentenced to probation for being involved with the money laundering. Another woman, Nicole Manglona, was also sentenced to prison earlier this year for her part in the money laundering.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Anchorage Police Department Vice Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service, the release stated.
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