Drug trafficker had Shrine in Home

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - A Mexican national, Jorge Cardenas Castineda, 42, received 11 years in prison.

    The US Attorney said the suspect was living in Girdwood and was involved in drug trafficking for at least five years.  The charging document claimed he had large amounts of methamphetamine and other illegal substances throughout Anchorage, and Juneau.

    Authorities seized 730 grams of methamphetamine from his truck in Juneau and from his home in Girdwood.  He was also in the process of distributing 'gunpowder heroin' which is heroin laced with fentanyl.  Experts said it is a very dangerous drug which can over overdose deaths.

    Authorities said they also located a shrine to the "Patron Saint of Drug Dealers" Jesus Malverde, in the Girdwood home.

    Agencies involved in this case included Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Police, the FBI, DEA, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF.

    Mr. Cardenas Castineda also was sentenced to five years of supervised release.  He pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

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