Anchorage federal courthouse (photo KDLG)
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect information from phone calls with Fields and his family.
The Anchorage drug dealer, diagnosed with cancer and given an early release from a federal prison in California, is now charged with violating Alaska’s two-week quarantine mandate.
But Duane, 48, “Fat Father” Fields said by telephone Tuesday that he had done nothing wrong. He said he was misled by his parole officer and his release documents.
The accusation, which was filed Friday, said a judge ordered Fields to quarantine at a hotel in Anchorage. Then a parole officer who watched him got the results of a coronavirus test conducted at Fields before he left California. Fields tested positive for viruses. His parole officer tried to find him to provide test results but found Fields violated quarantine by leaving the hotel to visit his mother, the accusation said.
However, according to Fields, some of the stories told in the accusation were untrue.
Back in 2012, the jury sentenced Fields to distribute cocaine in Anchorage. Fields was sentenced to almost 11 years in prison.
According to a court filing, Fields was serving in California when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
In January, Fields’s lawyer asked a judge to give him a “loving” initial release. Soon, a coronavirus pandemic swept through the country and there were widespread fears of sweeping prisons.
Citing the pandemic, a judge gave Fields the release back to Alaska, and in May there was a plan that, according to the accusation, said Fields should be quarantined at the Chelsea Inn in Anchorage.
Fields denied this. He gave a copy of the release documents which included his mother’s address as the proposed residence, not the hotel address.
In a phone call, Fields and his mother said that after he arrived, Fields’ mother said he should not be quarantined with him, and that was how he ended up at the hotel. And Fields said he told his parole officer that he planned to see his mother to get clothes and to get a medical appointment. Fields and his mother claimed that officers told them that it was fine.
The accusation said that after getting the Fields test results, the parole officer tried, failed, to contact him. The staff at Chelsea Inn told the clerk that Fields had left earlier that day.
The clerk then called Fields’ mother, who lives in Anchorage. He said that he was “at that time on the couch at his residence,” he said.
Fields is now charged with contempt of court for violating a judge’s order in his release plan, which says he must follow Alaska’s health mandate for quarantine for two weeks after arriving in the state.
Fields said he planned to fight the accusation. He said, both he, his mother, and daughter – all of whom were not interconnected – had shown symptoms of the corona virus.
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