Two sentenced on drug charges

Two citizens of the Dominican Republic that live in Alaska have received lengthy prison sentences for drug trafficking.

Joel Santana–Pierna and Abel Santana–Pierna were sentenced to 135 months and 72 months imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in masterminding large drug trafficking and tax fraud conspiracies.

They were also ordered to pay almost 560 thousand dollars in restitution to the Internal Revenue service.

In addition to distributing cocaine, the men were accused of stealing the identities of over 3 thousand Puerto Rican people and filing false tax returns to get refunds.

Federal officials say the total loss to the government would have been 25 million dollars if it had succeeded.