Description: Anchorage, AK - Palmer Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Role in Heroin Related Death
A Palmer man was sentenced for multiple drug offenses, including distributing heroin that resulted in the death of a young man who used the heroin.
Hiram Luis Ducasse, Jr., 27, of Palmer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason to 20 years in prison, followed by six years of supervised release. Ducasse pleaded guilty on June 20, 2017, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.
According to court documents, Ducasse distributed heroin to Michael Chalender, who subsequently died as a result of a heroin overdose. On Nov. 30, 2015, Ducasse agreed to meet Chalender at a Wasilla gas station, where Ducasse sold him a half gram of heroin for $100. The next morning, on Dec. 1, 2015, Chalender was found deceased in bed at his fatherís house. The cause of death was determined to have been a heroin overdose. The investigation further revealed that, on Dec. 2, 2015, on a recorded telephone conversation, Ducasse admitted to having sold Chalender the heroin and denied altering it in any way, saying he ďdidnít want anything to come back on meĒ and that he just gets his heroin from someone else, and gives it to his customers unchanged. Ducasse admitted to selling heroin, including the heroin that resulted in Chalenderís death.
During a search of Ducasseís residence, law enforcement officers found distributable amounts of heroin, $8000, a firearm, and packaging materials that included small purple glassine baggies imprinted with black spiders, identical to the baggie that Ducasse sold to Chalender.
At the time of this offense, Ducasse was still on felony probation after having previously been convicted of a drug distribution felony in 2014 with the State of Alaska, in which he was caught distributing heroin at the same gas station in Wasilla.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Alaska State Troopers Mat-Su Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution in this case.