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Fairbanks man gets 2 years in prison for role in drug ring

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:10 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison for his part in a Fairbanks drug distribution ring that sold crack, cocaine powder and oxycodone and tried to shield the activity by claiming they were operating a recording business.

Tyrone “Tizzy” Kimble, 29, was the latest to be sentenced in the case. He had pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Drug trafficking by Kimble and others in the operation occurred between June 2010 and March 2011, according to prosecutors.

The group tried to hide their drug activity by claiming they were artists, employees, or promoters of Fairbanks recording labels they owned called 20 Blocc Entertainment and Oil Money Entertainment, according to the government. Business licenses were held in the names of the drug conspiracy members.

The organization operated primarily in South Fairbanks, in the area where the street names are numbered in the 20s. That led to the name “20 Blocc.”

A sentencing document by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh states that informants working with Fairbanks police and Alaska State Troopers bought 79.6 grams of cocaine base, 8.8 grams of cocaine powder, 10 80 mg oxycodone pills, and three 60 mg oxycodone pills from members of the drug trafficking ring.

Kimble twice sold cocaine to police informants, according to the document.

Kimble has a history of theft and driving offenses, many involving alcohol.

“The defendant and his codefendants were a group of individuals that were well known within the Fairbanks community for dealing illegal drugs, the sentence of imprisonment given to each member of the conspiracy should have a deterrent effect on others,” Cavanaugh wrote in the sentencing document.

Three others already have been sentenced. Martin Linenko was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of supervised release; Adrian Steele was sentenced to nearly five years in prison and three years supervised release; and Tremain Wilson was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison and five years supervised release.

Contact managing editor Rod Boyce at 459-7585. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMeditor.

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