Sterling woman sentenced in Southcentral drug, money laundering conspiracy
A Sterling woman has been sentenced for her role in a drug and money laundering conspiracy authorities said led to thousands of doses of meth and heroin being distributed around Southcentral Alaska.
Susan Jan Bradshaw, 55, was sentenced to serve four years of active time, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a Monday release from U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska Bryan Schroder's office.
The release said documents filed in the case showed that between mid-2014 and January 2015, Bradshaw and co-conspirator Mark Norman Hanes were involved in a conspiracy to distribute drugs throughout Southcentral. Hanes was sentenced this past July for his involvement.
“It doesn’t matter whether drug dealers and money launderers are in the cities or rural parts of our state, we will find them and prosecute them. Investigating drug distribution rings requires a team effort, including tracking the money,” Schroder said in the release.
The release said people in Anchorage supplied Bradshaw and Hanes with the drugs and drove to their residence in Sterling more than once for deliveries. Payment would be made through deposits into bank accounts "controlled by the conspiracy."
In January 2015, law enforcement searched Bradshaw and Hanes' home, where they found approximately one pound of meth and a half-pound of heroin in a bedroom safe. The safe also contained more than $5,000 cash, a loaded handgun and an envelope that had a magnetic security card with two keys.
"Casey, Emergency Only!" was written on the outside of the envelope in Bradshaw's handwriting. According to the release, this led law enforcement to a storage locker that held more meth and heroin, along with $148,000 cash.
During the search, law enforcement also found notebooks with entries in Bradshaw's handwriting. The release said the notebooks were used to keep track of drug debts. The notebooks also had diary entries revealing Bradshaw encouraged Hanes to continue selling drugs with the goal of making enough money to retire in Mexico.
In total, more than 400 doses of meth and more than 2,000 doses of heroin were found and law enforcement believed Bradshaw and Hanes were responsible for selling "tens of thousands of doses of drugs throughout Southcentral" during the conspiracy.
The release said Bradshaw and Hanes left for Mexico one week before the search and were not home when law enforcement went to their property. The pair remained in Mexico until they were arrested in September 2017.
“No community is immune from the devastation caused by meth and heroin,” said Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Justin Campbell in the release. “IRS-Criminal Investigation will continue to work with our partners to ensure that those who profit from selling these illegal drugs in our communities are held accountable whether they reside in Anchorage or in Sterling, AK.”
At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason took Bradshaw's lack of criminal history and substance abuse issues into consideration. She said Bradshaw seemed to be motivated by profit.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the IRS and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon.
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