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Cantwell Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession and Distribution Charges

By Shannon Riddle, Weekend Digital Producer
Published On: Apr 25 2014 06:03:08 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE -

A Cantwell man accused of drug possession and distribution pleaded guilty Friday in federal court following a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Randall Dion Frank, 52, pleaded guilty before Chief United States District Judge Ralph Beistline to two charges of conspiracy to possess and attempted possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Frank and co-conspirator Russell Miller were arrested in September 2013 after opening a package addressed to Frank that originally contained over a pound of 99 percent pure methamphetamine, according to court documents.

The package, originally shipped from Glendale, Ariz., was intercepted by Phoenix police and handed over to DEA agents in Anchorage. The original drug was tested and replaced with a fake substance and a tracking device, and the two men were caught in the act of opening the package after it was delivered by undercover DEA agents.

Further investigation revealed the two men had previously received other packages from contacts in Arizona between March 2012 and their arrest date. All of the packages contained illegal drugs prosecutors say the defendants distributed in the local area. The total value of the drugs, undiluted, amounted to $50,000.

Miller pleaded guilty to similar charges in January, and both men were ordered to be held without bail until sentencing. Each was ordered to forfeit property paid for by the money earned from the criminal distribution, and to pay almost $25,000 each.

Sentencing is set for July 23, at 9 a.m. in Anchorage.