Drug Enforcement Administration


Keith R. Weis, Special Agent in Charge

March 26, 2015

Contact: Jodie Underwood

Phone Number: (206) 553-1162

Fairbanks Drug Dealer Convicted Of Conspiracy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - After a two-day trial, a federal jury found Etienne Q. Devoe, 42, of Fairbanks, Alaska, guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Heroin, and Conspiracy to Money Launder.

“This verdict is the result of law enforcement working together in bringing a longtime Fairbanks drug trafficker to justice,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Douglas James. “This investigation could not have been done without the collaboration of the many federal, state and local law enforcement partners who are dedicated in dismantling major drug trafficking organizations.”

According to the evidence at trial, Devoe was a drug dealer located in Fairbanks. 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 6 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.

The case was the product of an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Anchorage Police Department, Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kyle Reardon, and Timothy Edmonds prosecuted the case.

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.

Devoe is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ralph R. Beistline on June 8, 2015.

The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846, Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, is not less than five years and up to 40 years imprisonment, a fine of $5,000,000, a four-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h), Money Laundering Conspiracy, is up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $500,000, a five year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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