Locals indicted on drug-trafficking conspiracy charges

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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