A 35-year-old man admitted Friday to attempting to possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it in Ketchikan.
That’s a federal crime that has a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The maximum possible penalty is life in prison.
Neptali Yadao Dadia, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from the Philippines, changed his plea in U.S. District Court in Juneau before Judge Timothy Burgess. He will be sentenced in May.
According to charging documents, Dadia sent a package containing 217 grams of methamphetamine — that was 98 percent pure — from Las Vegas to Ketchikan via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail. The package was intercepted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on Oct. 12, 2011. Court documents did not identify the person who received the package in Ketchikan.
Dadia was indicted in January of this year by a federal grand jury in Juneau on the sole count of “attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.”
Court records indicate Dadia resided in Ketchikan, but it was not clear where he was living at the time of his arrest. He told the judge while in Alaska, he worked in fishing canneries and at Walmart. Before that, he said he worked on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii.
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