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Sacramento man sentenced in Alaska for role in drug conspiracy

A Sacramento man has been sentenced to prison by a federal court in Alaska for his role in a drug and money laundering conspiracy.

Joseph Cecil, also known as Kevin Dupree, 53, was sentenced Friday in Anchorage to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release. Cecil pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and conspiracy to launder money. His co-conspirator, Stacy Johnson, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and is to be sentenced May 31.

According to court documents, Cecil has a long history of violating laws related to illegal drug possession, trafficking and money laundering.

Between January 2013 and January 2015, he entered into an agreement with Johnson and others to distribute methamphetamine and heroin throughout Alaska. Cecil orchestrated a system in which drugs were sent to Alaska from California. He then took possession of these drugs, intending to distribute them in Alaska communities, authorities said.

Cecil also conspired with others to launder the proceeds of the drug sales in an attempt to conceal and disguise the nature, source, ownership and control of the funds. He, Johnson and others laundered money, knowing that the money represented drug sales proceeds, authorities said. Cecil arranged for his co-defendants to use a series of bank accounts to move money made from heroin and methamphetamine sales. Proceeds were deposited in Alaska and withdrawn in California.

In other instances, Cecil instructed members of the group to send drug sale proceeds via Western Union and Money Gram wire transfers. Thousands of dollars were transferred from Alaska to California using the transfer methods. The money laundering also further supported distribution of heroin and methamphetamine in Alaska, authorities said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy