AK lawmaker's son pleads guilty in drug conspiracy

Associated PressAugust 9, 2013 

The 20-year-old son of a state lawmaker has pleaded guilty in a drug conspiracy case.

Federal prosecutors say Robin Gattis of Wasilla pleaded guilty Friday to a conspiracy count. He was among seven indicted last year on charges of conspiring to import a synthetic drug from China to Alaska. Sentencing was set for November.

KTUU says all of Gattis' codefendants have pleaded guilty to charges ranging from international money laundering to possession of methylone, which is similar to ecstasy.

Prosecutors say a man who took methylone delivered by Gattis died.

Gattis is the son of state Rep. Lynn Gattis, a Wasilla Republican. Her office issued a statement Friday saying the lawmaker and her husband "appreciate everyone's prayers" and "the family also appreciates their privacy during this difficult time."

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