Sentencing hearing for oxy-ring leader moved to June

The sentencing hearing has been postponed for one of the leaders of the Sacramento to Juneau oxycodone ring conspiracy.

 

Electronic court records show Milan Thomas’s sentencing hearing was moved to June 27. Thomas is still scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Juneau before U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt, who is prosecuting the case, declined to comment on why the hearing was delayed. Thomas’ attorney, Randall S. Cavanaugh of Kalamarides & Lambert Inc. law firm in Anchorage, did not return phone messages seeking comment on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Thomas helped move a total of about 13,000 pills from Sacramento to Juneau from 2007 to 2011, a $1.1 million enterprise, according to charging documents.

Thomas successfully avoided authorities at first, but he was arrested in Minneapolis in February 2012.

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

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage said about 13 coconspirators from both cities have been prosecuted in the past year in connection to crime.

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

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