- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 95 non-violent drug offenders nationwide, including two men sentenced to long federal prison terms in Alaska.

Included is Alex Contreras, who was 19 in 2002 when he was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to 40 years in prison.

He was part of a group of eight young men, mostly from the Dominican Republic, who were convicted of operating a crack cocaine ring valued at $500,000 in Anchorage. They had an arsenal of weapons to protect the drugs.

Contreras received the most jail time even though he had no criminal history.

Raymond Allen Thomas of Fairbanks also has his 22-year sentence from 2005 for possession with intent to distribute commuted.

Both men will be out of jail on April 16.



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