Anchorage Man Sentenced for Opium/Meth Distribution Conspiracy

Worker harvesting opium latex from poppies. Image-CIA/Public Domain

Worker harvesting opium latex from poppies. Image-CIA/Public Domain

It was announced by the Justice Department’s U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder on Wednesday that Anchorage man Kao  Ching Saelee, age 51, was sentenced for his part in a drug conspiracy uncovered in 2016.

According to the announcement, Saelee was sentenced to 50 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute opium and possession of methamphetamine on Monday. He pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2017.

Court documents say that Saelee and three co-defendants distributed expansive amounts of opium and Saelee had helped to distribute 1,200 grams of opium on three separate occasions from April to June of 2016. The investigation would find that Saelee used his Anchorage residence to store the massive amounts of drugs and the ensuing raid on his home on June 14th, would result in the FBI seizing additional opium as well as large amounts of meth.