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Sacramento men sentenced in California-Alaska drug trafficking conspiracy

Three Sacramento men have been sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for their roles in a large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy operating between Alaska and California.

Milan Caprice Thomas, 43, Deandre Tyron Dantzler, 34, and Richard Melvin Corum, 31, were accused of conspiring to distribute oxycodone, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to filings with the court, the three men were high-level members of a drug trafficking conspiracy who acquired large amounts of oxycodone from suppliers in the lower 48 states. In 2007, Thomas and Dantzler began transporting oxycodone on their person, traveling on commercial airlines, then traveling back to California with proceeds from the drug sales. Authorities said the pair later used drug couriers, arranging flights for the couriers to transport the drugs and proceeds.

Thomas and Dantzler later used bank accounts and wire remittance companies to transfer drug proceeds from Alaska to California. The two men reportedly used dozens of people in the procurement, transport and sale of tens of thousands of oxycodone pills in the Juneau area, and Thomas laundered more than $1.5 million in drug proceeds through his bank account and that of another co-conspirator.

Corum joined the conspiracy in 2011 as a source of supply, and later was brought in by Thomas to be an equal member of the conspiracy, authorities said. Corum recruited drug couriers to travel to Alaska and to live in the community while receiving packages containing oxycodone via package delivery services to avoid detection.

Corum was arrested on March 2, 2012, for his role in the drug conspiracy. Authorities said that Corum, while awaiting trial, made numerous threats to potential witnesses against him. He later assaulted an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement and was scheduled to testify at Corum’s trial. The jury convicted Corum of a charge relating to that assault.

Thomas pleaded guilty in May 2012 to conspiracy to distribute and to possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, and conspiracy to launder money. He was sentenced Tuesday to 105 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Dantzler pleaded guilty in July 2011 to conspiracy to distribute and to possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. He was sentenced Tuesday to 144 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

A jury convicted Corum in July 2013 of conspiracy to distribute and to possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone, as well as witness tampering. He was sentenced Monday to 120 months in prison and six years of supervised release.