Drug trafficker joked about overdoses

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Bryan O'Neil Yambao Arce, 40, was sentenced to 54 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

    Arce has been under investigation since 2015.  The Juneau Drug Enforcement Unit said they received tips that Arce was importing heroin and methamphetamine into Juneau.

    The investigation found that Arce eluded law enforcement by using a false identification when traveling by commercial aircraft.  Police said he sent 32 shipments of drugs into Juneau using air cargo services.

    Police seized 202 grams of methamphetamine from Arce's luggage during an incident in April 2017.

    According to court documents, Arce’s social media page had hundreds of pages of communications with individuals related to drug trafficking and distribution. Arce advised co-conspirators on how to distribute narcotics and how to collect drug proceeds, and even joked about overdoses in the community and wondered aloud if he might be responsible.

    During the course of this investigation, Arce is responsible for approximately four ounces of a mixture and substance and 202 grams of actual methamphetamine.

    The Juneau Police Department (JPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the
    investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case.

    This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S.Attorney Jack S. Schmidt.

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