Two indicted in Juneau oxycodone inquest

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler said two California men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone in Juneau.

The one-count indictment names Travell Demar Pinkston, 24, and Deandre Tyron Dantzler, 30, residents of Sacramento, Calif., as co-defendants. Dantzler has an active warrant for his arrest and his current whereabouts are unknown.

According to the indictment, Pinkston and Dantzler conspired with others to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone in Alaska from November 2008, to Sept. 29, 2010. It was part of the conspiracy for Dantzler to coordinate and organize the activities of the conspiracy. Pinkston, arranged the travel of conspirators to carry oxycodone from Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and Reno, Nevada to Alaska via commercial air carriers. Both defendants conspired to distribute at least 7,500 pills of oxycodone transported from the Sacramento area to Juneau for distribution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who presented the case to the grand jury, said the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Pinkston was arraigned on Friday, March 18, 2010, in Juneau before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Longenbaugh, and was ordered detained pending trial.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, D-22 High Intensity Drug Interdiction Task Force in Seattle, and the Port of Seattle Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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