U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Alaska
District of Alaska
For Immediate Release
September 12, 2013
Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney
Contact: Stephanie C. Courter
Anchorage Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Heroin in Prison
Anchorage, Alaska B U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court to 120 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing heroin while in prison.
Michael Dean Miller, 31, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to 120 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. Miller previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Judge Gleason also sentenced Miller to a concurrent 18 month prison term for his possession of contraband in prison. According to court documents, Miller was found in possession of heroin after being arrested in April 2013.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter, who prosecuted the case, Miller worked with two other individuals to sell more than forty grams of actual methamphetamine over an estimated six month period in 2012. The conspiracy culminated in a deal where the conspirators attempted to trade methamphetamine for fully automatic weapons. Additionally, Miller sold drugs on his own, a fact that he admitted to as part of his guilty plea.
In sentencing Miller, Judge Gleason noted that selling methamphetamine is a serious offense and that an individual who sells methamphetamine is harming many people in our community. Judge Gleason also noted that deterrence was important in these cases, as was the need to protect the public from people who sell dangerous drugs like methamphetamine.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their investigation of this case.