Man in Anchorage drug ring gets 3 life sentences

A man involved in a violent drug ring that operated in Anchorage has received three life sentences for his crimes.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that prosecutors say 40-year-old Stuart Seugasala, aka “Tone,” received his sentence after being convicted on drug trafficking conspiracy and kidnapping charges in January.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline also gave Seugasala a consecutive seven-year sentence for firearms offenses and concurrent 10-year sentences for violating health records laws.

According to court records, Seugasala ordered members of his drug ring to invade drug houses and loot competitors’ stashes.

Prosecutors say Seugasala was among a group that kidnapped, tortured and sexually assaulted two men for unpaid drug debts. They were arrested and charged following an 18-month investigation.