News Release
January 14, 2008

Anchorage Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

JAN 14 -- (Anchorage) – DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Harvey L. Goehring and United States Attorney for the District of Alaska, Nelson P. Cohen, announced that Sinakone Phonsavang, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court by Chief United States District Court Judge John W. Sedwick to sixty months for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Sayers-Fay, in September 2007, Phonsavang arranged to ship from outside Alaska, and receive, at his Anchorage residence, a package containing over 100 grams of methamphetamine that he intended to distribute. The package was intercepted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Subsequently the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anchorage DO Task Force conducted a controlled delivery to the defendant.

Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Sedwick observed that Phonsavang has no criminal history and promptly accepted responsibility for his actions. Judge Sedwick conveyed that his sentence was also influenced by his determination that Phonsavang is unlikely to reoffend and has skills and extraordinary familial support that could enable him to productively contribute to society upon release.

Mr. Cohen commended the United States Postal Inspection Service and Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Phonsavang.

ASAC Goehring noted that the Anchorage DO Task Force is made up of the Alaska State Troopers, the Anchorage Police Department and the Ted Stevens International Airport Police and Fire Department and that this is another good example of Alaska law enforcement combining forces with the end result being a safer community for all.