- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A couple investigated for drug trafficking after a teenager died of an overdose at their Alaska home will serve years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason on Thursday sentenced Tod Rodolph, 41, to 12 years and a $30,000 fine and Jessica Hopkins, 36, to six years and six months after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs and possession with intent to distribute.

Evidence did not indicate that they supplied the methamphetamine that killed the boy, prosecutors said. Rodolph also pleaded guilty to possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Alaska State Troopers and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated after a 17-year-old died at the couple’s home in Palmer.

Investigators said teens and young adults consumed narcotics in the couple’s garage on Jan. 9, 2016. When the 17-year-old got sick and displayed overdose symptoms, other teens woke up Rodolph.

Rodolph did not call an ambulance or drive the teen to a hospital because he did not want police involved, prosecutors said. By the time the boy reached a hospital, he was dead.

Investigators found Rodolph with large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine, prosecutors said. He acknowledged taking about 20 trips to Seattle and returning each time with 2 to 5ounces of heroin. He also said he sold drugs from his home and kept guns to protect himself from robbery.

Hopkins acknowledged knowing about the drug trafficking and helping with transactions, prosecutors said.

Rodolph brought in at least 2,080 grams of heroin valued at $624,000 between January 2015 and March 2016, prosecutors said. Heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and guns were in plain view and accessible to the couple’s teenage child, prosecutors said.


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