Anchorage man sentenced in cocaine conspiracy case

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a cocaine distribution case.

Mark Anthony Thomas, 26, was sentenced Tuesday to five years for being part of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Thomas got another five years because one of the co-conspirators -- Antonio Fleming -- possessed a gun in a drug-trafficking crime, the U.S. Attorney's office said Wednesday.

Thomas, Fleming and two other Alaskans -- Maisi Robinson and Karinn Gardner -- were arrested in February after a package containing more than four pounds of cocaine was intercepted by postal officials in Los Angeles, said Asst. U.S. attorney Charlie Brown.

Authorities monitored the package, which was shipped by Robinson and Gardner and intended for Thomas and Fleming, according to charging documents. The arrests were made after Thomas and Fleming took possesion of the package.

All four have pleaded guilty to various drug charges, Brown said. Earlier this month, Fleming was sentenced to 10 years and Gardner to five years. Robinson is scheduled for sentencing in January, Brown said.

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