New drug charges filed, warrant issued for former Anchorage attorney after missed bail hearing

Attorney Kit Kajara allegedly seen obscuring security footage during drug smuggling attempt with her client, Christopher Miller. Photo courtesy Department of Justice.
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Anchorage (KTUU) — The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a new, 25-count indictment Thursday against a former criminal defense attorney accused of smuggling drugs into the Anchorage Correctional Complex for a client, and a warrant for her arrest has been issued after a missed bail review hearing on Tuesday.

Kit Lee Karjala, 55, was acting as a criminal defense lawyer representing Christopher "Mellow" Miller, 34, at the time of the alleged conspiracy to smuggle drugs from June, 2016 to May, 2017. Miller was Karjala’s client on multiple cases, including those involving felony assault, vehicle theft, drug possession, and resisting arrest.

The two were originally charged with two counts related to the alleged drug smuggling in May 2017. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder announced the superseding 25-count indictment in which both Karjala and Miller are named, with additional charges related to conspiracy, drug smuggling, and money laundering.

According to Thursday's indictment, Karjala and Miller are alleged to have "conspired to conduct financial transactions involving drug proceeds...designed to promote the drug conspiracy and to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, and control of those drug proceeds."

An additional, separate indictment against Karjala alleges she intentionally failed to appear for a bail review hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

A warrant has since been issued for Karjala's arrest.

Anyone with information regarding Karjala's whereabouts is asked to call the Anchorage FBI office.