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Anchorage man sentenced to 18 years for drug trafficking and other offenses

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: July 25, 2017
  • Published July 25, 2017

An Anchorage man was sentenced on Monday to spend 18 years in federal prison after he was caught with a stash of drugs and guns, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alaska.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline gave Bernard Yamura White, 36, a 15-year sentence for the charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and firearm offenses. Beistline gave White, a third-time felony drug offender, another three-year prison sentence for violating his prior terms of supervised release, the statement said.

According to the statement, White tried twice to ship thousands of dollars in drug proceeds from Anchorage to California.

The first time, in August 2016, he tried to ship a package containing $59,610 to California, and five months later, he tried to send $30,980, the statement said.

Officers obtained search warrants in early February for White's truck and home. In his truck, they found 118 grams of heroin, 59 grams of powder cocaine and 35 grams of crack cocaine. In his home, they found 786 grams of methamphetamine, 1,318 grams of heroin, 176 grams of cocaine and 837 grams of marijuana, the statement said.

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Officers also found 11 firearms, including rifles, semi-automatic pistols and shotguns. White was not allowed to have guns due to his prior federal drug trafficking felonies, the statement said.

Before imposing his sentence, Beistline "compared drug traffickers, like White, to domestic terrorists," the statement said, telling the court, "We must protect our community from those that want to destroy us."

The federal public defender representing White did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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