Another guilty plea in oxy-ring conspiracy

Another defendant has been convicted as part of an ongoing investigation into a Sacramento-to-Juneau oxycodone ring conspiracy.

Jacob Henry Pahlke, 21, of Juneau, made his first court appearance in U.S. District Court before Judge Timothy Burgess on Wednesday.

Pahlke, who is from Juneau but is attending community college in Westminster, Colo., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. That’s a federal crime that can carry up to 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Pahlke will be sentenced after receiving in-patient treatment for addiction at a facility in New Mexico. He is represented by Kirsten Swanson.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt said Pahlke distributed a total of at least 500 oxycodone 80 mg pills from April 2010 to January 2011.

Pahlke began dealing the drugs for Milan Thomas shortly after meeting him in March or April of 2010.

Thomas moved a total of about 13,000 pills from Sacramento to Juneau from 2007 to 2011, a $1.1 million enterprise, according to court documents.

Thomas successfully avoided authorities at first, but he was arrested in Minneapolis in February.

Thomas pleaded guilty drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in Anchorage in May, and is still awaiting sentencing.

More than 10 defendants from both cities have been prosecuted in the past year in connection to crime.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at


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