Anchorage Man Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Drug Conspiracy Conviction
|U.S. Attorney’s Office May 23, 2013|
ANCHORAGE—Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis announced today that a man from Anchorage was sentenced in federal court for his role in an Anchorage and Fairbanks drug conspiracy.
Jeraelyn Hill a/k/a, “Dreadhead,” a/k/a, “Coo Rae,” a/k/a, “Coo,” a/k/a, “Rae”, 25, from Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline. Hill received a sentence of 66 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Hill had previously pled guilty to an indictment charging him and his co-conspirators with one count of drug conspiracy.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh, who prosecuted the case, Hill was a member of a drug trafficking organization in Anchorage and Fairbanks that, between 2009 and February 2012, sold powder cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone pills in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Hill sold cocaine in the Anchorage community. When Hill’s house was searched in March 2011, law enforcement also found $37,000 in cash wrapped in $1,000 bundles in his bedroom, $2,000 in loose money in a bedroom dresser and seven grams of cocaine in the kitchen. Further investigation revealed that Hill had been flushing cocaine down the toilet just prior to law enforcement making entry into his house.
Hill and other members of the conspiracy attempted to conceal their drug trafficking by claiming they were involved in a legitimate business and were “artists,” employees, or promoters of an Anchorage recording label and rap and hip hop performance group known as “Out Da Cutt” or “ODC” Entertainment and “UNDB” (Up North “D” or Dope Boys). Members of this conspiracy would record rap and hip hop songs, post videos on Youtube.com, and perform local shows in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Much of their music glorified the lifestyle of selling illegal drugs and committing other crimes. The lavish and extravagant lifestyle portrayed in their music and videos was supported by their sales of illegal drugs.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Beistline stated that selling drugs poisons the community, and he characterized Hill as a “professional drug dealer” and referenced Hill as a member of a “drug dealing group of singers.”
Hill was indicted along with 13 other members of the conspiracy, which included Christopher Anderson, who was previously sentenced to 14 months prison on November 2, 2012, and DeMarr Moultrie, who was sentenced to 40 months prison on May 1, 2013. Donnell Johnson, Joshua Mustovich, Mihla Hall, Antonio Fleming, Dalon Johnson, Tevoris Carter, Rock Phelps, Jerry Wormley, Emma Shine, and Brent Gunnels have all pled guilty for their roles in connection with this conspiracy and await sentencing. Terrance Fleming has a pending trial scheduled in August 2013.
“The distribution and use of cocaine and other drugs continues to be a problem that we must recognize and address throughout our communities. As a result of the coordinated efforts of law enforcement throughout the state, this drug conspiracy has been put to an end, and the sentence imposed by the court reflects the seriousness of the matter,” stated Mr. Feldis.
Mr. Feldis commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Service, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hill.