Drug smuggling case moves forward

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) An Alaska man is expected to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in U.S District Court, court records show.

    Bradley Grasser, 62, of Ketchikan, was arrested on methamphetamine trafficking charges for allegedly attempting to smuggle in methamphetamine from Washington State to Prince of Wales, the Drug Enforcement Agency reported.

    In court documents, the DEA claimed Mr. Grasser was a drug trafficker for 20 years.  An original sentence date of November 27, 2017 was changed to February 16, 2018 before U.S District Judge Timothy Burgess in Juneau.

    The original arrest allegedly included the seizure of $89,703 in cash, 11 firearms, boats, motor homes, several motorcycles and trailers.  The agents also allegedly seized 1,133 grams of methamphetamine.  Under terms of the plea agreement, Mr. Grasser can expect to receive between 10 years and life in prison, up to a $1 million fine, and up to a life sentence of supervised release.

    The DEA allege Mr. Grasser directed and coordinated five individuals as part of a drug ring.

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