Fairbanks man sentenced to federal prison for distribution of drugs

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Abdul Karim Oluwafemi Adepoju, 33, of Fairbanks, was sentenced on Friday, April 26, by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline to serve 68 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. In January 2019, Adepoju pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, on Sept. 29, 2018, an Alaska State Trooper went to a residence in North Pole, Alaska, to serve two outstanding warrants on Adepoju for State of Alaska probation and parole violations. The trooper had received a report that Adepoju was observed sitting in the driver’s seat of a green Mitsubishi car parked in front of the residence. The trooper learned that Adepoju was inside the property and subsequently arrested him.

Upon his arrest, Adepoju provided a false name to the trooper. The trooper confirmed his real identity, and determined that the name provided was Adepoju’s brother. When the trooper was reporting Adepoju’s arrest to dispatch, Adepoju attempted to throw something from his jacket toward the rear of the patrol vehicle. When Adepoju was searched, $2,791 was recovered from his person, and the item recovered from behind the patrol vehicle was a clear gallon sized Ziplock bag containing drugs. Adepoju denied the drugs were his, and began walking away. The trooper placed the Ziplock bag on his patrol vehicle, attempted to stop Adepoju, and called for backup. Adepoju then grabbed the Ziplock bag and started running away from the trooper. The trooper chased the defendant and wrestled him to the ground.

While Adepoju was in handcuffs, he repeatedly tried to stand up and wrestle free. At that time, the trooper finished searching Adepoju and located a set of Mitsubishi keys. A court-authorized search of the green Mitsubishi revealed a black zip-up case on the passenger seat, which contained additional drugs for distribution and a digital scale. The Ziplock bag was processed and inside were nine smaller clear bags containing methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.

The Alaska State Troopers (AST) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charisse Arce.