Drug Enforcement Administration

Seattle

Keith R. Weis, Special Agent in Charge

November 15, 2018

Contact: Jodie Underwood

Phone Number: (206) 553-5443

Anchorage man indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

Over 16 pounds of heroin seized from Christmas-themed boxes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Don Deviet Frye, Sr., 53, of Anchorage, was charged today by indictment with attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Frye’s arraignment hearing has been set for Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, a suspicious package was intercepted on Nov. 6, 2018, originating from “David Johnson” in California, to be delivered to “Robert Johnson” in Anchorage.  A trained narcotics K-9 examined the package and alerted to the presence of controlled substances. A search warrant was obtained and executed on the package, and located inside were two “Christmas-themed”cardboard boxes that contained over 16 pounds of heroin.

On Nov. 7, 2018, law enforcement officers conducted a delivery of the package to the intended address and observed Frye receive and take the package inside the residence. Upon opening the package, officers converged on the residence and arrested Frye. On his person, law enforcement found a torn plastic baggie, a glass pipe, and a knife.

If convicted, Frye faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of up to life in prison, as well as a fine of up to $10 million, for the most serious charges alleged in the indictment. Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Alaska Wildlife Trooper Aircraft Section and air asset, HELO3, and the State of Alaska Department of Corrections K-9 conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina M. Sherman.

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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