Drug smuggling suspect arraigned

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008

Vonnie Williams, 44, who police say has been a major drug smuggler for years, was arraigned Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Williams is accused of heading up a ring that imported drugs into Juneau from Anchorage and Seattle.

His trial is tentatively scheduled for this summer on multiple felony charges, including conspiracy and others related to drug activity, for which he could face as much as 99 years in prison.

District Attorney Doug Gardner told Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins he expected Williams' trial to last two weeks.

Defense attorney Thomas Schulz of Ketchikan said he expects the trial to last three weeks, as both he and the prosecution are likely to call several witnesses.

The date is somewhat uncertain, as Schulz said he's still awaiting several boxes of evidence produced in the lengthy investigation and expects it to take some time to prepare.

Williams' next hearing was scheduled for April 17. He is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $75,000 bail.

Schulz told the court he had not yet had time to consult with Williams about bail conditions and was not ready to ask for any changes.

Williams also faces charges in connection with thefts from Taku Smokeries of which he was accused.

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