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Fairbanks Drug Dealer Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison

JUNE 08 (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Today, Etienne Q. Devoe, 42, of Fairbanks, Alaska, was sentenced  in U.S. District Court to 126 months in prison to be followed by a five year term of supervised release for conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin, and conspiring to launder the proceeds from the sale of those drugs.

“It is time for Etienne Devoe to reap the legal consequences for his continued disregard for the law,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Douglas James. “As a result of his illegal actions, he has received over 10 years in prison, a fitting punishment for the crimes he has committed.”

According to the evidence at trial, Devoe was a drug dealer located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Between May 2, 2013, and June 13, 2013, law enforcement captured phone calls and text messages between Devoe and his co-conspirator, Steven N. Taylor. In those calls, Devoe and Taylor discussed their ongoing drug trafficking relationship. As part of that relationship, Taylor supplied cocaine and heroin to Devoe for distribution in and around the Fairbanks area. Devoe paid for those drugs by sending Taylor money through a checking account at a local bank.

On June 20, 2013, Fairbanks police responded to shooting at a rented house on Gillem Way. Devoe was found hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet at the residence, which he shared with his girlfriend. Also located in the residence were drug trafficking supplies, including packaging materials and an adulterant commonly used to cut cocaine prior to its resale.

This is Devoe’s second federal conviction for a drug trafficking offense. In February 2012, Devoe was found in possession of approximately six ounces of cocaine, along with packaging material. He was convicted of Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute and sentenced to 57 months imprisonment. The case number for that matter is 4:14-cr-00002-RRB.

At sentencing, Judge Beistline told the defendant it was “time to grow up,” commenting on the defendant’s long criminal history, which includes four convictions for domestic violence offenses, three convictions for driving-related offenses, two prior drug convictions, and a conviction for giving false statements to law enforcement. Judge Beistline also noted that the defendant has “no legitimate work history, and . . . eight children raised by other people.” There is “no indication [in your past] of a desire to obey the law or become a positive member of the community,” said Judge Beistline.

The sentence was also driven by the need to punish the defendant for the harm caused by his drug dealing. On several occasions, Judge Beistline commented on the fact that the defendant’s drug dealing “prey[ed] on others,” and “destroy[ed] the community.” The sentence of more than 10 years in federal prison was intended “to protect the public from drug dealers” like the defendant.

Devoe was indicted on June 16, 2014. Other defendants named in the Indictment include Taylor, James Brown, Sr., Leonard D. Charles, Shawn Cortez Cloyd, Timothy W. Northcutt, Joshua J. Haynes, Gabrielle P. Haynes, and Joseph E. Irving. Those defendants have been sentenced as follows:

  • Joseph Irving, was sentenced to 21-months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for money laundering conspiracy.
  •  Gabrielle P. Haynes, was sentenced to 18-months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for drug conspiracy.
  • Leonard D. Charles, was sentenced to 60-months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for drug conspiracy.
  • James Brown, was sentenced to 56-months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for drug conspiracy.
  • Sean Cortez Cloyd, was sentenced to 36-months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for drug conspiracy.
  • Timothy w. Norcutt, was sentenced to 72-monhts in prison followed by five years of supervised release for drug conspiracy and money laundering.

Steven N. Taylor and Joshua J. Haynes are still awaiting sentencing.

The case was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Anchorage Police Department, Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Police.

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