News Release
Date: July 30, 2010
Contact: Erika Hunter
Number: (206) 553-5443

Wasilla Couple Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
on Drug Charges and Money Laundering

JUL 30 -- (Anchorage, AK) –On July 28, 2010, husband and wife, Trace Rae Thoms, 46, and Jennifer Anne Thoms, 36, residents of Wasilla, Alaska, were arraigned in federal court in Anchorage on charges of conspiracy to grow marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, maintaining a place to grow marijuana, and conspiracy to launder more than $1 million in proceeds obtained from the distribution of marijuana.

Both defendants were charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on July 23, 2010. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of both real and personal property the couple owns and used during the alleged offenses, to include property located at 7974 Scarlet Circle, Wasilla, Alaska.

According to the indictment, both Trace Thoms and Jennifer Thoms are alleged to have conspired with one another to grow marijuana for a period of approximately six years and during that time to have laundered over $1 million in drug proceeds through two businesses that the couple ran, Ace the Painter and Plow Now, as well as through other financial transactions.

Law enforcement arrested the couple on July 27, 2010. The court ordered the detention of the defendants pending further proceedings.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of possibly life in prison for Trace Thoms, with a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment, and up to forty years imprisonment for Jennifer Thoms, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment. They also face a potential fine of $4 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service + Criminal Investigations, and Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.