Drug investigation leads to 13 convictions in Kodiak

A multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking at Kodiak has led to the conviction of 13 people on multiple charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage said April 10.

Authorities said that in response to community outrage in the summer of 2016 over significant drug use, drug trafficking and other drug related crimes, the Coast Guard Investigative Service led an investigation into these activities with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The result was the conviction of 12 defendants on drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms crimes that originated in Kodiak.

The group included Christopher Arndt, 40; Wahyu Sanjoyo,37, aka “Mike; Jose Rodriguez, 31, aka “Bird”; Nathan Gambrell, 44; James Gerrity, 31, Santos Lopez, 42, and Joshua Herald, 37, all of Kodiak.

Also convicted were Ann Nava Vega, 41, Chula Vista, CA; Joshua Cislo, 33, Kalispell, MT; Leonard Parker Taylor, 49, Seattle; Lorie Wenzel, 58, Lodi, CA; Josie Harvey, 33, Renton, WA; and Leigh Ann Massengill, 44, Anchorage.