8 people indicted on illegal drug distribution in Valdez
Several people were indicted by a Palmer grand jury in multiple cases involving illegal drug distribution in Valdez, according to a press release from the Alaska Attorney General's office.
The charges come as a result of a statewide drug enforcement initiative coordinated by the Department of Law. The attorney general's office says a prosecutor in Anchorage worked with the Palmer District Attorney's Office to bring the charges forward.
According to the attorney general, the suspects charged are:
- Matthew Ward and Travis Hunt, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance
Ward is accused of delivering methamphetamine in April and June. He is charged with co-defendant Travis Hunt, who the state says participated in the delivery in June.
- Jamie Guttierrez, two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance
The state alleges Guttierrez delivered meth twice in May.
- Joshua Tucker and Robert Gillespie, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance
Tucker and Gillespie are accused of delivering meth in June.
- Breanne Estrada, two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance
The state says Estrada is accused of distributing cocaine in 2018.
- Ramsey Barton and George Flood IV, second- and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance
Barton and Flood are accused of distributing Alprazalom twice. They were also charged for allegedly delivering psilocin mushrooms.
The attorney general's office says each charge in the second-degree has a maximum sentence of 20 years. Charges in the third-degree have a maximum of 10 years. The state says under Alaska law, if the suspects are convicted, their sentences will be based on the seriousness of their offenses and prior criminal history.
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