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On Friday, 20-year-old Wasilla resident Robin Gattis, the son of Wasilla's Representative Lynn Gattis, pled guilty in Federal Court in Anchorage to Drug Conspiracy for importation of Methylone from China between October 2011 and July 2012.
In his plea agreement filed with the court, Gattis admitted to the importation of approximately 3 kilograms of Methylone, a schedule I controlled substance also known as “Molly,” “M1,” and “Rolls.” The substance is a synthetic drug similar to “Ecstasy,” and is commonly used at clubs, parties, and social gatherings such as raves.
Gattis told the court that he engaged in drug dealing for his livlihood and also admitted to being the ringleader and the organizer of the conspiracy that involved six others. He also told the court that he regularly used persons under 18 years of age to distribute drugs and was also the person who supplied the person, only identified as MGS, with the drugs that led to their overdose death. He also told the court that he directly imported the drugs from China and wired funds to China to pay for the Methylone and also directed others in the conspiracy to wire money to China to pay for the drugs.
All of the defendants, Robin Gattis, Chad Cameron, 18, of Palmer, Alaska; Stephen Kimbrell, 20, of Soldotna, Alaska; Kevin Rupp, 21, of Anchorage, Alaska; Shane O’Hare, 23, of Wasilla, Alaska; Bren Marx, 20, of Palmer, Alaska; and Haylee Hays, 19, of Anchorage, Alaska, have pled guilty to charges stemming from their agreement to import methylone from China to Alaska and distribute it between September 2011 and July 2012. The seven defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2012.
Gattis and his six co-conspirators each face a maximum of 20 years in prison for drug conspiracy, possession and money laundering charges.
The investigation into the conspiracy was carried out by Homeland Security Investigations, DEA, the Anchorage Police Department, the US Postal Inspection Service, and the Mat-Su Drug Unit.