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Marshals, DEA Arrest Fugitive in Anchorage Drug Case

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, cklint@ktuu.com
Published On: Dec 05 2013 08:25:55 AM AKST
Updated On: Dec 05 2013 08:51:33 AM AKST
Marshals, DEA Arrest Fugitive in Anchorage Drug Case

Courtesy APD

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

The last of four men involved in what federal prosecutors describe as an operation to distribute illegal drugs stolen from competing Anchorage dealers was arrested Wednesday.

According to a statement, the U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration took Phosavan Khamnivong into custody at a South Anchorage home at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Khamnivong had been on the run since May 16, 2013, and is currently being held in the Anchorage Correctional Complex pending federal and state court proceedings,” marshals wrote in a statement on the arrest.

Khamnivong was wanted on warrants for a total of four federal and six state charges, including federal drug conspiracy, kidnapping, and the use of firearms in the furtherance of both those crimes. His state charges include third-degree counts of assault and criminal mischief, as well as felony eluding, failing to stop at the direction of a peace officer, parole violation and failure to comply with probation conditions on an original charge of second-degree murder.

An August federal indictment against Khamnivong and three other men -- Stuart Seugasala, 38, Timothy Miller, 25, and Anaoi Sialofi, 25 -- claims they conducted home-invasion “missions” to take drugs from other distributors, dealing at least 500 grams of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine.

A March raid allegedly saw Khamnivong, Miller and Sialofi hold two victims at gunpoint while they were sexually assaulted with a curling iron. Federal officials say a fifth accomplice, 31-year-old Stacy F. Laulu, worked at a local health facility and told Seugasala whether the victims were cooperating with police as they recovered.

Khamnivong had earlier pleaded guilty as an accomplice to Kodiak cab driver Jimmy Butron’s 1997 death.