April 09, 2013
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Phone Number: (206) 553-1162
Drug Trafficker Receives 19 Year Prison Sentence For Two Cocaine Conspiracies
APRIL 09 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska - On April 8, 2013, Derneval Rodnell Dimmer, 36, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 228 months in prison for his involvement in two separate cocaine investigations. The court also imposed a ten-year period of supervised release that will follow the nineteen-year prison term, which was noted to provide long-term protection of the public.
According to his plea agreement, Dimmer admitted that he has been engaged in shipping cocaine to Alaska since at least 2009. As part of that conspiracy, in September 2009, Dimmer dispatched three individuals to Anchorage with eleven kilograms of cocaine concealed in their checked luggage. All three were prosecuted, but Dimmer’s responsibility as the drug source did not become clear until his fingerprints were later discovered on one of the cocaine-laden boxes. On March 22, 2012, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Dimmer with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Dimmer, who used a host of aliases including “Jabba,” “Pedro Dimmer,” “Ronnell Dimmer,” and “Pedro Wood,” had at times lived in Anchorage, but more recently resided in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.
Dimmer was arrested on May 17, 2012, after he had shipped two separate packages containing a total of approximately 8.5 kilograms of cocaine from Burbank, California, to Alaska. Law enforcement intercepted one of those packages, removed the cocaine, and subsequently delivered the altered contents to the target who turned out to be Dimmer’s cousin, Quincy Hernandez, who resided in Alaska. After performing the controlled delivery of the package to an Anchorage residence, law enforcement found the second box of cocaine that Dimmer had sent to Hernandez from Burbank. Dimmer concealed the kilograms of cocaine sent from Burbank in rather unique retro-looking Crosley Stereo “5 in 1” sound systems that contained kilograms of cocaine. Dimmer later pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine. For his actions culminating in the 2009 interception of the eleven kilograms of cocaine, Dimmer pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine. Hernandez pled guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and his sentencing is pending.
In sentencing Dimmer to nineteen years in prison, the court noted Dimmer’s prior criminal history, which included a shooting and domestic violence conviction, as well as his admission that he obstructed justice by attempting to influence testimony of witnesses.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force.