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Drug dealers in court

Posted: April 13, 2011 - 9:12pm

Three men arrested in Juneau for various drug charges stemming from the same case reached different plea bargains in Judge Philip Pallenberg’s Juneau Superior Courtroom this week.

Adalerato Castaneda-Magallanes pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class ‘C’ felony. The charge stems from July 21, and July 28, 2010, when he acted together with Eric Coffee and Jose Luna, to take a step in attempting to deliver or manufacture an amount of cocaine. Three other charges were dismissed. State assistant district attorney Angie Kemp agreed to the change of plea.

Sentencing was set for May 26. A class ‘C’ felony carries up to a maximum five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

Coffee, represented by Louis Menendez, pleaded guilty to two class ‘C’ felony counts involving cocaine: attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree and attempted aiding and abetting misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree.

A vehicle used during various circumstances of the criminal enterprise, and seized by the state, will be forfeited. Restitution was ordered for any buy money paid out by informants and other agencies in four dismissed counts. Some of that amount can be dispersed jointly among other codefendants and parties not yet charged.

Other aggravating factors or mitigating factors could be found at open sentencing on May 26. A number of items seized by authorities, including computer discs and clothing, were to be returned to Coffee.

Luna will be sentenced April 14.

Luna, the alleged driver for the deals, was sentenced to three class ‘A’ misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges. Each carries up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Luna’s deal was for concurrent sentences of 360 days with 270 suspended and 90 to serve for each offense. Luna will have 90 days to serve and five years of suspended time looming if he cannot pay the state restitution or reoffends.

Luna will forfeit a Ford Taurus seized and his interests in a GMC Envoy.

Luna has asked to be remanded into custody in Anchorage due to safety concerns.

Also on Tuesday, Christina Williams was arraigned on three charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, all class ‘A’ felonies. Williams is accused of knowingly delivering heroin on Dec. 22, 2010, Jan. 6, 2011, and Jan. 10, 2011 to a confidential informant. A class ‘A’ felony carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Bail was set at $20,000 and further proceedings were set for April 14 to appoint counsel.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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