Accomplice sentenced for role in deadly designer drug conspiracy

Casey Grove

An accomplice to a deadly drug conspiracy that landed a Wasilla legislator's son behind bars was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the international trafficking scheme.

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Wasilla resident Chad Cameron, a 19-year-old co-defendant of Robin Gattis, to one year in prison and two years of probation.

Gattis, the 20-year-old son of Wasilla Rep. Lynn Gattis, received a sentence of 16 years last week. Gattis had admitted to dealing methylone -- commonly known as "Molly" or "M1" -- to a friend who died of a drug overdose.

The drug is said to have effects similar to ecstasy. Gattis' friend, 20-year-old Matt Scott, died in April 2012 in his Anchorage condo, according to court documents in the case.

In a plea agreement, Cameron said he had started wiring money to China to get the drug in November 2011.

"Cameron also admitted wiring money to China in June 2012, after Scott's death, to purchase more Methylone," prosecutors wrote in a statement to news reporters Wednesday. "Cameron said that he thought it was 'no big deal' to sell the drugs, and that he expected at most a 'slap on the wrist' if he were caught."

Three more defendants in the case are set for sentencing in January.

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