Woman sentenced for money laundering in drug case


U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced on June 1, that 21 year old Fairbanks resident Synda L. Collins was sentenced this week in United States District Court to one year and a day in prison for her role in a money laundering conspiracy that involved proceeds from the unlawful distribution of prescription painkilling medication.

Collins was part of a ring which unlawfully transported Oxycontin, a powerful and addictive prescription painkiller, from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Fairbanks in late 2008 and early 2009.

The total amount of money laundered during the conspiracy was approximately $140,000.

The investigation resulted in the conviction of five individuals, including Collins, for their roles in the conspiracy.

 “Abuse of prescription medication is a growing problem that has a wide array of negative impacts on our communities. We will continue to fight against this growing trend.” said United States Attorney Karen Loeffler.

“Prescription drugs are meant to make our lives better, but traffickers who distribute prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin, for money bring nothing but pain and suffering," said Kenneth J. Hines, the IRS Special Agent.