Bridal shop drug dealer sentenced to over 14 years

A Juneau man arrested for his role in dealing drugs to support a downtown bridal shop has been sentenced to prison.

Darrell W. Dawson, 44 was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Juneau to 170 months in prison, or over fourteen years.

Dawson had conspired with Gema Thomas to distribute methamphetamine in Juneau.

Prosecutors say Thomas arranged for the shipment of the meth supply and Dawson distributed the drugs in Juneau while handing the proceeds back to Thomas.

The 52-year old Thomas is the owner and operator of Peer Amid Beads and Southeast Artworks, and was the owner of the Bridal Gowns, Formal Wear, and Tuxedo Rentals that used to operate on Seward Street.

Prosecutors say proceeds from the meth sales were used to fund inventory and operating costs at the bridal shop.

Thomas will be sentenced March 8th after entering a guilty plea last month.

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