According to a Department of Justice news release on Tuesday, Ryan Budd Burnett, 28, of Juneau was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh Monday on the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Burnett pled not guilty to the charge.
According to the indictment, in November 2009, Burnett conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine from Seattle to Juneau.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt in Juneau, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated in the release the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to life in prison, a fine of up to $4 million, or both. Federal sentencing guidelines say the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Magistrate Judge Longenbaugh set a trial date of Dec. 27.