Man pleads guilty in federal cocaine case

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for his guilty plea to two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Willie Fernandez Johnson III, 39, pleaded guilty Friday in Fairbanks.

He was convicted of distributing the drug while working as a driver for UPS.

During a search in November at an Anchorage airport, the Drug Enforcement Administration discovered eight kilograms of cocaine that was to directed to fake addresses on Johnson's route.

Federal authorities say the drug had a street value of $1.5 million.

Authorities say a female accomplice picked up the packages of cocaine when they arrived in Fairbanks.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced July 11.

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