Family Members Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Cocaine Conspiracy and Cocaine Distribution
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 27, 2009|
ANCHORAGE, AK—United States Attorney Karen Loeffler announced today that Dwayne Dollison, Jr., Dwayne Dollison, Sr., Kenneth Martin Douglas, and Dahmir Hale, all of Anchorage, Alaska, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for one count of conspiring to distribute drugs. Each of the four men were also indicted for multiple counts of cocaine distribution. The indictment indicates that Dwayne Dollison Jr. is the son of Dwayne Dollison Sr., and the half-brother of both Dahmir Hale and Kenneth Douglas.
The nine-count indictment names Dollison Jr., age 27, Dollison Sr., age 47, Hale, age 22, and Douglas, age 25, as the only defendants in this case. In a separate indictment, Darnell Dollison, age 46, is also charged with distribution of cocaine.
According to the indictment, Dollison Jr., Dollison Sr., Hale, and Douglas are alleged to have entered a conspiracy to distribute over 50 grams of crack cocaine, as well as over 500 grams of powder cocaine, in Anchorage, Alaska. The indictment also alleges that each of the four men individually sold cocaine or crack cocaine. In fact, the indictment alleges that on one occasion, Dollison Jr. and Douglas together sold over 20 ounces of cocaine to various customers in a single day, while on another day Dollison Jr. and Hale sold over 50 grams of crack cocaine to a single customer.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig M. Warner, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, as well as a $4 million fine and up to five years' supervised release following service of a prison sentence. Warner also stated that the law provides penalties for each count of distribution of cocaine and cocaine base ranging from a maximum of 20 years' imprisonment, a $1 million fine, and up to three years of supervised release, to a maximum of life imprisonment, a $4 million fine, and up to five years' supervised release, depending on the specific amount and type of cocaine involved in each count. The indictment alleges that Dollison Jr. provided cocaine for resale to the other members of the conspiracy, who often sold the cocaine in teams of two.
Both Dollisons are in federal custody pending trial, and Hale and Douglas are currently in the custody of the state of Alaska.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.