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Press Release

Anchorage Man Sentenced for Multiple Drug and Gun Felonies

February 19, 2016

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack Smith sentenced William Patrick to thirteen years in prison. He also forfeited all of Patrick’s property seized by the police. Today’s sentencing marked the end of a three yearlong criminal case against Patrick, where he had been found guilty of heroin distribution, as well as lesser counts of marijuana distribution and possession of a handgun by a felon.

The Anchorage Police Department led the extensive investigation of William Patrick, his two sons, Jared Patrick and John Patrick, and four accomplices. After investigating the drug ring for several months, law enforcement officers from the Anchorage Police Department, the Alaska State Troopers, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Internal Revenue Service raided numerous residences in January 2013, breaking up the Patricks’ drug distribution enterprise.

In William Patrick’s residence, officers seized nearly nine ounces of heroin, as well as marijuana, over $7,000 in cash, two guns, and various drug paraphernalia. Officers also seized the Patricks’ vehicles and over $120,000 in cash from the Patricks’ safety deposit boxes. William Patrick’s heroin distribution network relied on using others to smuggle heroin into Alaska from California. An experienced narcotics detective testified that the amount of heroin seized from William Patrick’s residence is among the largest he has seen. The heroin could be divided into about 2,500 doses and sold for more than $120,000 on the street.

At the sentencing, the court found that a number of aggravating factors existed, which made Patrick’s crime particularly grave. The court stated that community condemnation of Patrick’s crimes was foremost as a sentencing goal.

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General Michal Stryszak @ (907) 269-6260 or at the State of Alaska, Office of Criminal Appeals.

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