News Release
June 5, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-5443

Alaska Man Gets 30 Years For Importing Ton of Canadian Pot
Anchorage Resident also Admits Role in Murder of Drug Trafficker

JUN 5 -- (Anchorage, AK) – DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin and United States Attorney for the District of Alaska, Nelson P. Cohen, announced that Thomas P. Ranes, a resident of Alaska was sentenced on June 4, 2008 to 30 years' imprisonment for his leadership role in a large scale marijuana conspiracy that imported over a ton of Canadian pot to Alaska.

On February 8, 2008, Ranes, 33, pleaded guilty in federal court to marijuana conspiracy, money laundering, and international money laundering. Ranes also admitted culpability in the death of Thomas Cody, the former leader of the conspiracy.

“This is a good example of federal, state, and local law enforcement working together, and at the end of the day, we have a safer community for all,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Harvey Goehring.

According to court documents, Ranes admitted that beginning in early 2003 until April 22, 2006, he conspired with Thomas Cody, Joseph Bryant, Dennis Shine and others to import and distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. In May 2005, Ranes convinced Dennis Shine to kill Cody by telling him he would get one-half million dollars for doing it.

On June 1, 2005, Shine murdered Cody by lying in wait in Cody’s home. After Cody’s death, Ranes assumed a greater role in the conspiracy until his arrest in April 2006. In July 2007, Cody’s body was recovered from the Jim Creek area.

Joseph Bryant killed himself in June 2005, shortly before he was to be indicted for his role in the conspiracy.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Alaska State Troopers Major Offender’s Unit, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations Division, and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.