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December 04, 2009

Acting United States Attorney Kevin Feldis announced that on December 2, 2009, after deliberating for approximately two hours, a federal jury in Anchorage found Rodolfo "Rudy" Lastimosa, of Ketchikan, Alaska, guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, five counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of attempted possession with intent to possess methamphetamine, and one count of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Lastimosa, age 47, was tried before United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Aunnie Steward, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Lastimosa trafficked in methamphetamine from late 2006, to June 2008. The defendant, together with his co-conspirators, shipped methamphetamine from outside of Alaska to Ketchikan through the U.S. Postal Service and sold the meth on the streets of Ketchikan. The evidence presented at trial showed that Lastimosa's illegal methamphetamine business sought to profit by charging the higher prices for methamphetamine in Ketchikan.

Judge Beistline scheduled sentencing for Lastimosa on February 17, 2009, at 10:00 am. The law provides for a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison, a fine of $1 million, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Lastimosa continues to remain in custody pending sentencing.

The Ketchikan Police Department, working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lastimosa.



Source of News:

United States Department of Justice - District of Alaska


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