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Statewide drug enforcement efforts result in multiple indictments for drug distribution offenses in Valdez

October 29, 2019

(Palmer, AK) A Palmer grand jury has indicted eight people in five different cases involving illegal drug distribution in Valdez. The charges were brought before the grand jury on October 10 by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Prosecutor in cooperation with the Palmer District Attorney’s Office. The Statewide Drug Enforcement Prosecutor, housed at the Office of Special Prosecutions in Anchorage, is a position established by the Department of Law in 2018 to coordinate a statewide response to drug interdiction and prosecution and to combat drug trafficking in Alaska.

The grand jury charged Matthew Ward with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree after Ward allegedly delivered methamphetamine during April and June. The indictment alleges Ward’s co-defendant Travis Hunt participated in the June delivery and charges Hunt with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

The grand jury also indicted Jamie Guttierrez with two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, alleging Guttierrez twice delivered methamphetamine in May.

Joshua Tucker and Robert Gillespie were each indicted for one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree after they allegedly distributed methamphetamine in June.

The grand jury indicted Breanne Estrada with two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree based upon allegations that she twice distributed cocaine in 2018.

Ramsey Barton and George Flood IV were charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree after it was alleged they twice distributed Alprazolam. Barton and Flood IV were also charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree for an alleged delivery of psilocin mushrooms.

The law provides a maximum sentence of 20 years for each charge of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and a maximum 10 years for each charge of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Under Alaska sentencing law, the actual sentence imposed upon those who are convicted is based upon factors such as the seriousness of the offense(s) and the prior criminal history, if any, of the individual defendant.

A charging document 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.

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Katholyn Runnels at (907) 269- 6306 or by email at the Office of Special Prosecutions LawOSP@alaska.gov.

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Department Media Contact: Senior Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills at (907) 465-2132 or cori.mills@alaska.gov.