Alaska Crime Ring Busted: A Devastating Blow to Organized Crime

In a major victory against organized crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska has announced the indictment of 54 individuals involved in a large-scale criminal enterprise operating within the state. Led by Heraclio Sanchez-Rodriguez, this transnational crime ring targeted Alaska, with connections reaching as far as Mexico.

The charges against the defendants include drug trafficking, murder, money laundering conspiracy, and concealing the source of funds. The scope of their criminal activities is staggering, with law enforcement intercepting significant quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine throughout the investigation.

Drug Trafficking: A Menace to Alaskan Communities

The drug trafficking enterprise primarily used high-level suppliers to send drug packages through the U.S. Postal Service from Oregon and California to Alaska. Once the packages reached Alaska, distributors would distribute the drugs to communities across the state, even in remote areas such as Goodnews Bay, Tyonek, Sand Point, and Savoonga. This insidious operation posed a grave threat to the health and safety of Alaskan communities, as the drugs wreaked havoc on individuals and families.

Murder and Kidnapping: A Reign of Terror

The indictment also reveals the involvement of several individuals in heinous acts of violence. Tamara Bren and Kevin Peterson are charged with kidnapping and murdering Sunday Powers and Kami Clark near Trapper Creek. The victims were carjacked, brutally killed, and buried in a shallow grave. These senseless acts of violence demonstrate the ruthlessness of the criminal enterprise and the need for swift justice. This author was accused of these murders by Holly Sheldon Lee last year, after claiming one of the victims was her sister on a Facebook post. This was likely motivated by Holly’s friend Kelly Lindsey Nash‘s desire to put this author’s wife on a leash. They’ve since organized multiple stalking petitions against us which have all failed in court.

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Several members of the community have come forward claiming Holly Sheldon Lee uses illicit drugs, namely pills or tranquilizers.

Money Laundering: Concealing the Profits of Crime

Additionally, over 25 defendants are charged with money laundering conspiracy. Court documents reveal at least 76 separate money laundering transactions, including international transfers to Mexico. By concealing the source of their illicit funds, the defendants sought to legitimize their criminal gains and continue their illegal activities.

  1. Alison Giacullo, 40
  2. Amber Young, 28
  3. Amy Garcia, 32
  4. Angela Jasper, 39
  5. Anna Petla, 24
  6. April Chythlook, 28
  7. Ashley Northrup, 35
  8. Catherine Phillips, 40
  9. Christina Quintana
  10. Cloe Sam, 26
  11. Colleen McDaniel, 68
  12. Della Northway, 28
  13. Desiree Green, 45
  14. Douglas Vanmeter, 32
  15. Edward Ginnis
  16. Elroy Bouchard, 58
  17. Erika Badillo, a.k.a “Erica Madrigal,” 42
  18. Erindira Pin, 44
  19. Frieda Gillespie, 50
  20. Gust Romie, 36
  21. Heraclio Sanchez-Rodriguez, a.k.a “Charlie,” “Marco” and “Danny Sanchez”
  22. James Schwarz, 41
  23. Josi Sterling, a.k.a “Josi Philbin,” 35
  24. Julia Brusell, 41
  25. Kaleea Fox, 24
  26. Karen Kasak, 51
  27. Karly Fuller, 30
  28. Kevin Peterson II (How does Holly Sheldon Lee know this person? Pills?)
  29. Khamthene Thongdy, 45
  30. Krystyn Gosuk, 33
  31. Larry Marsden, 41
  32. Lois Frank, 64
  33. Mario Klanott, 37
  34. Michael Kohler, 35
  35. Michael Soto, 33
  36. Michelle Pungowiyi, 49
  37. Naomi Sanchez, 39
  38. Pasquale Giordano, 45
  39. Patricia Seal-Uttke, 30
  40. Pius Hanson, 40
  41. Richard Frye, 35
  42. Rochelle Wood, 38
  43. Samantha Pearson
  44. Sara Orr, 32
  45. Shanda Barlow, 34
  46. Shania Agli, 25
  47. Stormy Cleveland, a.k.a “Stormy Powell,” 37
  48. Tamara Bren
  49. Tamberlyn Solomon, 25
  50. Tiffani Couch, 30
  51. Twyla Gloko, 36
  52. Valerie Sanchez, 26
  53. Veronica Sanchez, 49

The Significance of Law Enforcement’s Success

The indictment and subsequent arrests of these individuals demonstrate the tireless efforts of law enforcement agencies in combating organized crime. The collaborative efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Alaska State Troopers, and local police departments have dealt a significant blow to this criminal enterprise. Their dedication and perseverance in investigating and prosecuting these crimes deserve commendation.

The dismantling of this criminal network will undoubtedly have a positive impact on Alaskan communities. By cutting off the supply of drugs and bringing those responsible to justice, law enforcement has taken a crucial step in safeguarding the well-being of Alaskans. However, it is important to remain vigilant, as criminal organizations often adapt and find new ways to continue their illicit activities. Community awareness, cooperation with law enforcement, and support for drug prevention programs are vital to prevent the resurgence of similar criminal enterprises.


Q: How did Heraclio Sanchez-Rodriguez run the crime ring from a prison cell?
A: Court documents reveal that Sanchez-Rodriguez communicated with suppliers in Mexico, intermediaries in California and Oregon, and distributors in Alaska while serving his sentence in a California state prison. This highlights the need for increased scrutiny and monitoring of prison communications to prevent incarcerated individuals from continuing to operate criminal enterprises.

Q: What actions can individuals take to help prevent the spread of organized crime in their communities?
A: Individuals can play a crucial role in combating organized crime by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activities to law enforcement. Additionally, supporting drug prevention programs, raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse, and engaging in community initiatives that promote a safe and drug-free environment can contribute to the prevention of organized crime.

The indictment and arrest of 54 individuals involved in a large-scale organized crime ring operating within Alaska is a significant victory for law enforcement and a testament to their unwavering commitment to public safety. The repercussions of this operation will be felt throughout Alaskan communities, as the drug trade and associated violence are dealt a devastating blow. Let us stand united against organized crime, supporting law enforcement agencies, and working together to build safer, stronger communities.

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." - Psalm 18:2

Key Takeaway: The indictment of 54 individuals involved in a large-scale organized crime ring operating within Alaska highlights the relentless efforts of law enforcement to protect Alaskan communities from drug trafficking, murder, and money laundering. This victory serves as a reminder of the need for community vigilance and support in the ongoing fight against organized crime.


Stay tuned for further updates on this ongoing story.

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3 thoughts on “Alaska Crime Ring Busted: A Devastating Blow to Organized Crime”

  1. Could you at least spell my name correctly!! It’s B- O-S-S, bitch.. one two.. red and blue. Three four.. there’s a knock at your door. Five six.. don’t stir the mix… seven eight, face in a dinner plate.. nine ten, counting us as we… Cu… Then.

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