U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Alaska
District of Alaska
For Immediate Release
October 31, 2013
Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney
Contact: Stephanie C. Courter
Anchorage Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Gun Charges
Anchorage, Alaska B U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Jason Gerald Woods, 36, of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to 180 months in prison, to be followed by a five year term of supervised release. Woods previously pled guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine with two other individuals and to possessing a gun in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter, who prosecuted the case, Woods 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. During that deal, Woods was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun. In addition to the drug trafficking he engaged in as part of the conspiracy, Woods also sold drugs on his own, selling approximately 146 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer.
In sentencing Woods, Judge Gleason noted the seriousness of the offense and the need to protect the community from those who engage in the selling of this destructive drug.
Judge Gleason previously sentenced Woods’ co–defendants, Michael Dean Miller and Boaphan Sengchareun, to 120 and 144 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the conspiracy.
Ms. Loeffler commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their investigation of this case in the successful prosecution of Woods.