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Wasilla Man Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Heroin Trafficking

NOV 24 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Today, Baretta Faatafuga, 38, of Wasilla, Alaska, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 90 months in federal prison for his role in a heroin trafficking conspiracy. 

Faatafuga previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 1.6 kilograms of heroin throughout the Anchorage area.  As part of his plea, Faatafuga admitted that in October 2013, he received an Express Mail package from California containing heroin that had been concealed inside a Sentry Safe.  Faatafuga intended to distribute the heroin to others.

Upon his release from prison, Faatafuga will remain under court supervision for five years.  The sentence announced today also included an enhancement based upon Faatafuga’s possession of two firearms and a loaded magazine that he had stored in his bedroom.  He and one of his co-defendants also possessed drug packaging materials, a scale, multiple cell phones, laptop computers, as well as $5,000 in cash.  Faatafuga agreed to forfeit the guns and cash as part of his guilty plea.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Alaska State Troopers. 


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