The last of three men in a methamphetamine distribution ring has been sentenced to at least a decade behind bars, after he and his fellow defendants tried to trade the drugs for fully automatic weapons.
In a Thursday statement, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler’s office says District Court Judge Sharon Gleason handed down a 15-year federal prison sentence Wednesday for 36-year-old Jason Gerald Woods of Anchorage, with a five-year supervised release term.
Woods had entered guilty pleas to possessing a gun in furtherance of a drug crime, as well as conspiring to distribute methamphetamine with two other men. Michael Dean Miller and Boaphan Sengchareun were previously sentenced by Gleason to 10 and 12 years in prison respectively.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter says that Woods and the others sold more than 40 grams of meth over roughly six months in 2012, but also tried to barter the drugs -- an act she said wasn’t unusual when Miller was sentenced last month.
“The conspiracy culminated in a deal where the conspirators attempted to trade methamphetamine for fully automatic weapons,” officials wrote. “During that deal, Woods was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun.”
Woods also sold drugs independently, including 146 grams of meth purchased by an undercover law enforcement officer -- a factor noted by Gleason in announcing Woods’ sentence.
“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,” officials wrote.
The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.