Arizona men indicted for trafficking fentanyl in Alaska

Two Arizona men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on allegations that they distributed large amounts of fentanyl in Alaska over a four-month period. 

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage said last Tuesday that the charges were filed against Odarious Shaw, 24, and Corrion James, 25. James was arrested at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport when he arrived carrying a package of 40,000 fentanyl pills, and Shaw was arrested in Arizona. 

They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances in violation of federal law, and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in violation of the law. 

State Troopers, the Anchorage Police Department, and the FBI are investigating the case as part of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Alaska High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative. 

The U.S. Attorney’s office noted that an indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.