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Accused OxyContin dealers make initial appearances in Federal Court

Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2011

The four adults arrested by a joint drug task force operation between the Juneau Police Department, Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs and the FBI appeared in Juneau Federal Court on Friday.

California residents Lorenzo Williams, 31, Avis Bowdry, 19, and Juneau resident Tessa Cox, 28, face charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, the pain medication OxyContin. Each could face a maximum prison term of 20 years, a $1 million fine, and three years supervised probation if convicted.

Williams last worked in customer service eight months ago, and Bowdry is an unemployed cashier. When arrested, an infant boy was turned over to the State Office of Children’s Services.

Because the two have no connection to Alaska, have been in the state less than six weeks and the minimum penalty would be 10 years in prison, federal prosecutor Jack Schmidt recommended to United States Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh the suspects be kept in detention.

Longenbaugh agreed and the court appointed public defenders. Adam Bartlett will represent Williams and Pam Sullivan will represent Bowdry at a Feb. 10 bail and plea hearing.

Scott Dattan, another public defender, will represent Cox, who also goes by the name Tessa Evans.

Schmidt cited her previous failures to appear in court and the seriousness of this crime as reasons for being detained until a Feb. 10 hearing.

Arraigned under a felony warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a forfeiture count, Timothy Beagle faces 10 years in jail, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

The court read Beagle has the possibility of receiving a career criminal designation in this case.

Beagle has pleaded not guilty through his public defender Sue Ellen Tatter.

Due to Beagle’s criminal history, his history of failing to appear for court proceedings, the fact that a handgun was found in his vehicle during an undercover drug operation, Beagle’s use of aliases and a warrant for arrest having been issued, Schmidt asked for no bail.

Beagle was scheduled for a two-day trial on March 30.

With more than 15 drug arraignments within the year, Schmidt is pleased with local enforcement efforts.

“We are here to make a difference,” Schmidt said. “That is our mission here.”

The four were arrested Jan. 24 when the JPD Drug Enforcement Unit intercepted a package. They enlisted the help of SouthEast Alaska Cities Against Drugs’ K-9 unit and the FBI to make a controlled delivery. The suspects were arrested, and the contents of the package given a street value of $95,000 worth of OxyContin. Another Juneau resident, Danny Woodard, 28, was arrested on an outstanding JPD warrant for disorderly conduct and was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court Thursday. All parties are currently lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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



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