Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) – U.S. District Judge Joshua M. Kindred sentenced an Anchorage man on April 19, 2023 to 10 years and 5 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for distribution of heroin.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Jason McAnulty, aka “Snoop,” 40, distributed approximately 126 grams of heroin to a law enforcement source during two undercover operations in June 2020, netting himself $6,300. Law enforcement began investigating McAnulty after learning he was a source of heroin supply in the Anchorage area. In July 2020, law enforcement executed a search warrant at McAnulty’s residence, where they found more than $34,000 in cash and other distribution contraband. An Alaska jury convicted McAnulty of heroin distribution after a five-day trial in March 2022.
McAnulty was previously convicted in 2004 of first-degree robbery, a serious violent crime that carried a prison term of at least 10 years. The United States also presented evidence of McAnulty’s extensive and violent criminal history at sentencing in support of the verdict, including McAnulty’s 2015 federal conviction for attempted witness tampering in another federal criminal case.
“Dangerous opiates such as heroin pose a continuing threat to communities throughout Alaska,” said U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska. “This sentence serves as a reminder that we will prosecute and hold accountable those who harm our communities, and together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to disrupt heroin trafficking in this district.”
“McAnulty supported the opioid and heroin epidemic through his illegal drug distribution activities, posing a significant threat to communities in Alaska,” said Prosecuting Special Agent Antony Jung of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. “The FBI and the Anchorage Police Department will continue to work together to hold drug traffickers accountable and to stop the flow of deadly drugs into our communities.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) investigated the case in support of Alaska’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Tran and Stephan Collins prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Alaska’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). HIDTA was established in 2018 to enhance and coordinate efforts among local state and federal law enforcement agencies, provide equipment, technology and additional resources to combat drug trafficking and its harmful consequences in critical areas of Alaska.