Two Fairbanks Fentanyl Drug Dealers Sentenced To Years In Federal Prison In August, 2021

Officials Say Fairbanks Heroin Overdoses Went Down After Arrests  The Alaska State Troopers, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administra...

Officials Say Fairbanks Heroin Overdoses Went Down After Arrests 



The Alaska State Troopers, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),  have caught two Fairbanks-based fentanyl dealers – and managed to throw them into federal prison for five and eight years. 


On August 11th, 2021, the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska of the Department of Justice announced that Michael Miller, 35, and Araka Taylor, 37, were originally indicted in October 2020 on multiple drug charges. Miller has been sentenced to 8 years, with 4 years of supervised release. Taylor was sentenced to 5 years with 4 years of supervised release. 

Miller was arrested  last summer in July, 2020, in Fairbanks. Taylor fled back to her home state of Florida, and she was arrested there, the Department of Justice said. The agency used undercover investigations to catch the offenders, they said. The two were caught with $32,000 in cash, over 400 grams of heroin, fentanyl transdermal patches, drug ledgers scales, and other paraphernalia following a big surge in drug use in Fairbanks, the District Attorney's office said. 

Authorities said that after Miller's arrest "reports of heroin overdoses declined substantially in the Fairbanks area."  

In its August 11th, 2021 press release, the U.S. Justice Department said that over 92,000 people died last year in America of drug overdoses. They said that 61% of overdose deaths nationwide involved synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. "Offenses involving fentanyl have increased at an alarming rate in recent years across the U.S. and in Alaska," said Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson of the District of Alaska. 


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