ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nine Anchorage men were indicted Thursday on federal charges of conspiracy, drug trafficking and use of firearms.
The suspects were identified as Estarlin Nolasco, Alex Tejada, Alex Contreras, Lenny Urena, Angel Tejada, Moises Caro Ramos, Frank Moniz, Oliver Ubiera-Maleno and Michael Joe D. Davis. Each was charged in the 80-count indictment.
The alleged cocaine conspiracy began in January and operated from four houses in Anchorage, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis said.
Seven of the nine men were originally charged in a two-count indictment issued in October. The indictment handed down Thursday supersedes the earlier indictment, Feldis said.
One of the men, Davis, was arraigned Thursday. The others were expected to be arraigned in federal court early next week, Feldis said.
The defendants face maximum penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a $4 million fine and five years of supervised release.
The investigation leading to the indictment was the result of the cooperative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Anchorage Police Department, the Alaska State Troopers, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the United States Secret Service, the National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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