Drug Enforcement Administration

Seattle

Keith R. Weis, Special Agent in Charge

February 18, 2011

Contact: Jodie Underwood

Phone Number: (206) 553-5443

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Man For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine In Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Acting Special Agent in Charge, Mark Thomas and United States Attorney Karen Loeffler announced today that a Wasilla man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for drug conspiracy.

The one-count indictment names Jory Kenneth Pritchett, 20, of Wasilla, Alaska, as the sole defendant.

The indictment alleges that in January 2010, Pritchett conspired with others to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. It is alleged that Pritchett brought approximately a half-pound of methamphetamine to Fairbanks from Portland, Oregon, to be distributed in Alaska.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Cooper, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison and a fine of $4 million, with a minimum sentence of ten years in prison. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) and the Port of Seattle Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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