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Drug dealer sentenced to 2 years in prison

Posted: August 14, 2012 - 11:04pm

A Juneau resident accused of importing cocaine from Mexico to Alaska and dealing it in Juneau was ordered to serve two years in prison.

Judge Louis Menendez imposed the sentence for Roberto Carranza, 24, last Monday in Juneau Superior Court.

Menendez previously sentenced Carranza’s twin brother, Jose Carranza, for his role in the crime, in April.

Prosecutors said the two California-born brothers received two packages coming from Guadalajara, Mexico, last July. One hundred grams of cocaine were in each package, prosecutors said.

Authorities conducted controlled deliveries, and ultimately, one of the packages was delivered to Roberto at the Marine View Apartments where he lived. The other package was delivering to Jose, who then drove it over to his brother’s apartment, according to charging documents.

They were arrested and charged with one count each of third-degree misconduct involving drugs, a class ‘B’ felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Jose pleaded guilty in October to a reduced class ‘C’ felony charge, and was sentenced by Menendez in January. He received 18 months in suspended jail time, with no time to serve, and three years probation.

But while out on bail, Roberto was the target of another police drug operation. Prosecutors said police conducted three controlled buys in December wherein Roberto sold roughly 66 grams of cocaine to an undercover informant.

Roberto was then charged with three additional third-degree drug misconduct charges as well as three misdemeanor charges for violating conditions of release.

He pleaded guilty in April to some of the counts against him in accordance with a plea deal.

On Monday, Menendez accepted the plea deal and imposed three years with two years suspended for the first case, and four years with two years suspended for the second case.

The suspended jail time was consecutive, and the time to serve was concurrent, which means Roberto has a total of two years to serve.

He was also required to pay $3,500 in restitution to SEACAD (Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs) and placed on probation for three years.

Menendez also found two sentencing aggravators against Roberto for a drug offense that involved importing drugs to Alaska and for being on release for a felony when the new crime was committed.

Roberto has been in custody since his December arrest and has already served about 250 days, his attorney Kirsten Swanson said in court.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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