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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Alaska

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney

Contact: Kevin R. Feldis, Acting United States Attorney
(907) 271-5071

Six Anchorage Drug Dealers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charge

Anchorage, Alaska &mdah Acting United States Attorney Kevin R. Feldis announced today that six drug dealers recently pled guilty in federal court in Anchorage to the charge of conspiracy in relation to controlled substance trafficking.

Robert Joseph Campbell, 26; Todd Vincent Roberson, 20; Mekayla Maraye Thorne, 33; Jemaine Laray James, 19; Randi Rayann Phillips, 25; all residents of Anchorage, Alaska, and Amanda Marie Phillips, 23, of Everett, Washington, pled guilty to the drug conspiracy charge before Senior United States District Judge H. Russel Holland.

According to court documents filed in connection with the pleas, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White advised the court that Campbell organized this conspiracy in May of 2009, for the purpose of selling crack cocaine in Anchorage. During the course of the drug-trafficking conspiracy, Campbell made multiple agreements to sell crack cocaine to a buyer in Anchorage. In one instance, Campbell delivered the crack cocaine himself. On five other occasions, Campbell used each of the other five co-conspirators to deliver the crack cocaine to the buyer. The total amount of crack cocaine distributed during the course of this conspiracy was 62.5 grams.

Judge Holland set a sentencing date of February 11, 2010, for all six conspirators. For Campbell, the law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, with a potential maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Campbell also faces a potential fine of $2 million. Each of the other conspirators face potential maximum sentences of 20 years in prison and potential fines of $1 million. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the convictions in this case. Ms. White is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office who is funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases.