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California man found guilty of meth trafficking in Anchorage

Jerzy Shedlock

A California man was convicted in federal court on Monday for his part in a methamphetamine trafficking scheme in Anchorage, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

David Alan Gonzales was found guilty of drug trafficking conspiracy and possession of meth with intent to distribute. The 55-year-old’s rap sheet includes similar convictions in California. He faces life in prison and a $20 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Bradley argued the case against Gonzales alongside law student intern Lyubov Bartnitskaia. The prosecutors said Gonzales was caught with a package containing 52 grams of meth, according to the news release.

“This case came to light when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service identified a suspicious package at their processing center” in Anchorage last year, according to the news release.

The package had been sent from Anaheim, California. Gonzales and co-defendant Albert Diaz Gumataotao picked up the parcel, and authorities arrested the men shortly thereafter, according to a federal plea agreement.

Lab tests determined the drugs were 100 percent pure meth, according to the news release.

Gonzales remains in custody awaiting his sentencing. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason set the hearing for Oct. 9.

Gumataotao pleaded guilty on Nov. 6 to a single drug trafficking conspiracy count. He was later sentenced to 10 years.