Member of drug ring sentenced

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A 23-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in a large ring that brought drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine to Alaska from California.

Federal prosecutors announced the sentencing of Phonesavanh Vongthongdy Monday.

According to prosecutors, Vongthongdy conspired to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine between July 2005 and September 2008.

Prosecutors say Vongthongdy was an enforcer for a violent drug gang run by 28-year-old Juan Manuel Mendiola, who was convicted last month of conspiracy and illegally possessing six firearms, including two machine guns.

Prosecutors say Vongthongdy pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and possessing a gun as part of a drug conspiracy.

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