Alcohol headed to villages seized

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 8, 2012

Drug enforcement Troopers report that they seized a small amount of alcohol headed to two villages during the past week. Officers with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team (WAANT) in Bethel seized four bottles of alcohol that were allegedly headed to Pilot Station and two bottles that were going to Napakiak.

The alcohol going to Pilot Station was seized Thursday through the mail, and the alcohol headed to Napakiak was intercepted Friday at a local air carrier in Bethel. The bottles from the airport were inside a traveler’s checked bags.

No identities have been released but Troopers say they have suspects in both cases and charges of alcohol importation are expected to be filed.

Both Pilot Station and Napakiak are local option communities whose residents voted to ban all alcohol.

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