Anioay Pleads Guilty to Meth Distribution

Anioay Pleads Guilty to Meth Distribution

Alvin Anioay, 26, formerly of Chantilly's Brookside community, has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

He was among 16 people arrested Sept. 12 in connection with this offense and, on Sept. 17, he was remanded to federal custody. He entered his plea, Nov. 5, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, and a statement of facts filed in court that day presents details of his case.

"FROM ON or about January 2006 through Sept. 12, 2007, Anioay worked with co-conspirators to obtain quantities of methamphetamine," says the document.

It further states that, during 2006, Anioay and the others "obtained a total of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from a single source of supply in California. [They] then redistributed that methamphetamine from the residence of a co-conspirator in Maryland, various hotels and elsewhere."

The document notes that, during the course of the operation, Anioay and his partners paid for the meth shipments by "bulk cash shipment and Western Union wire transfer."

Then, states the document, "On or about June 14, 2007, in Herndon, Anioay met with an undercover law-enforcement officer and offered to sell him methamphetamine supplied from California at a price of approximately $2,500 per ounce."

It also says Anioay was "personally involved" in the meth's distribution. And at the asking price he demanded from the undercover officer, 500 grams would fetch $44,000. The document states, as well, that Anioay's actions were done intentionally and "not by accident [or] mistake."

He's slated for sentencing March 7, 2008 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. And according to the plea agreement, the maximum penalties for his offense are a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life behind bars, a fine of $4 million and at least five years of supervised release.

"THE DEFENDANT understands that this supervised-release term is in addition to any prison term [he] may receive, and that a violation of supervised release could result in [his] being returned to prison for the full term of supervised release," states the agreement.

It also notes that Anioay's already agreed to pay a "special assessment" of $100. In addition, he's agreed to "forfeit all interests in any drug-related asset" that he owns, as well as any property resulting from the proceeds of his offense.

This case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Grooms.

Anioay also has a criminal history in Fairfax County. He was one of three people arrested Sept. 5, 2003, in connection with 14 commercial burglaries in Centreville, Chantilly and Fairfax between April and September 2003.

He was convicted of burglary and grand larceny and, on July 2, 2004, received a four-year, suspended prison sentence in Circuit Court. Anioay later served two months in jail after violating his probation.