Meth trafficker gets 15 years, deportation

casey.grove@adn.comDecember 18, 2013 

A citizen of Mexico who admitted to trafficking methamphetamine to Alaska was ordered to be deported after serving his prison sentence, handed down Tuesday.

Fernando Benitez-Moreno, 49, pleaded guilty in 2011 to organizing delivery of the meth by couriers on commercial flights to Ketchikan, according to court documents. Benitez-Moreno -- known by several nicknames, including "Uncle Cesar" and "Security" -- then had the couriers bring the drug proceeds to him in Washington state.

A U.S. District Court judge in Juneau sentenced Benitez-Moreno to 15 years in prison. After that, he will be deported, federal prosecutors wrote in a statement Wednesday.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4343. Twitter updates: twitter.com/kcgrove.

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