7 indicted in drug conspiracy

The 19-year-old son of a newly elected Alaska representative is among seven people indicted on federal charges of conspiring to import the drug known as “Molly” from China to Alaska.

Robin Gattis of Wasilla is the son of Lynn Gattis, a Republican elected in November to the Alaska House of Representatives.

Robin Gattis is charged with distributing methylone resulting in death after a young man died last April. He also is charged with four counts of unlawfully importing the drug.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says methylone is similar to “ecstasy” and is used in social gatherings known as “raves.” Prosecutors say multiple shipments were sent from China to Alaska between 2011 and 2012.

A message left Monday afternoon on the phone of Rep.-elect Gattis was not immediately returned.

 

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