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Locals indicted on drug-trafficking conspiracy charges

Posted: October 22, 2011 - 10:07pm

A total of five Alaskans were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, according to a press release. The indictment includes four Kenai Peninsula residents and an Anchorage man. 

Kenai Peninsula residents Kostas Bairamis, 23, Melissa Dawn Cue, 34, BJ Griffith, 22, William Gilbert, 25, and Anchorage resident Justin Clayton Ray Lane, 23, are the five defendants named in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. 

The five defendants allegedly conspired to distribute oxycodone and methadone from sometime in June 2010 to October 2010, according to the indictment. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of drug proceeds and property used to facilitate drug-trafficking offenses, including a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade.

Bairamis was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine during a different time period and is awaiting sentencing on that charge. Cue and Griffith were previously indicted by a grand jury in the District of Nevada – those charges remain pending.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation that led to the indictment in the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Sayers-Fay, who presented the case to the grand jury, said the maximum penalties for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and methadone are 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment, according to the release.

Anchor Point man indicted for money laundering conspiracy

BJ Griffith, 22, of Anchor Point was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on one count of conspiring to launder money. 

The one-count indictment names Griffith as the sole defendant.

Between September 2009 to August 2010, Griffith alledgedly conspired with unnamed co-conspirators to engage in financial transactions involving drug-trafficking proceeds in order to conceal or disguise the source, ownership and control of those proceeds, and that he conspired to engage in monetary transactions exceeding $10,000 that involved drug-trafficking proceeds, according to the indictment.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that on two occasions in 2009, Griffith caused title and registration for two different Cadillac Escalade vehicles to be issued in his name, although he knew an un-indicted co-conspirator had purchased those vehicles with drug-trafficking proceeds.

Griffith presently has a federal money-laundering charge pending in the District of Nevada that stems from different allegations.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation the led to the indictment in the case.

 

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AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 10/23/11 - 10:36 am
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One defendant?

I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on tv... but seems like a conspiracy charge would require at least two defendants...

anrsvc
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anrsvc 10/23/11 - 08:14 pm
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RE: One Defendant

There was. The indictment included a charge of conspiracy to distribute that each person was indicted for. For conspiracy to be charged under federal law, two or more people must conspire or plan to commit a crime and at least one person must commit an overt act in the furtherace of the conspired plan. In this case, it is clear that this happened and each person was indicted on a charge of conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

AKMaineIac
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AKMaineIac 10/23/11 - 11:55 pm
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Hmmm

Strange... the story says, "The one-count indictment names Griffith as the sole defendant."

I thought sole meant, "single", "solitary", "one".

camaro1970
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camaro1970 10/24/11 - 09:18 pm
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There were others involved...

From what I can figure, since there were "unnamed co-conspirators" and "an un-indicted co-conspirator" mentioned in the article, there were more than one person involved. Just because they haven't been indicted yet, doesn't mean they won't be at a later date. Perhaps the others that were involved plead out.

anrsvc
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anrsvc 10/24/11 - 10:08 pm
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5 people indicted on one count of conspiracy...

5 people were indicted for (sic) one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. I am familiar with this case and this is what was intended by the article. It is also what happened.

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radiokenai 10/28/11 - 08:06 am
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The usual suspects...
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What has been the history in the past, is that a drug ring will be discovered and busted. Since one person gets the drug from another, the prosecutors will throw out the "Conspiracy Theory" since it carries a whole lot more penalties.

The end result is usually all the same, most will plea to lesser charges and any left over will skate from "conspiracy charges" because most of the time, there is not alot of organized planning that goes into these kinds of thing. IE: The dealer will turn right around and buy back from the seller he just sold to because he just ran out. Not much conspiring on that one! Nobody makes any profit except the guy at the top (which never got caught). If I am correct, I believe most of the people wrapped up in this huge "Conspiracy Charge" have already had those charges dropped?

I tend to think the real conspiracy is between the prosecutors and judges?

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