Over $11,000 in pot seized by law enforcement

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 8, 2013

Drug enforcement officers with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team (WAANT) seized pot and alcohol at the Bethel airport that was allegedly headed to three villages in the region which have chosen to ban alcohol.

On Monday, officers contacted 20-year-old Michael Lincoln waiting for a flight to Toksook Bay. They say he was trying to carry in a half pound of marijuana along with four bottles of alcohol. He also had 200 baggies on his person.

The half a pound of pot has a street value of approximately $11,250. Lincoln was arrested on a felony charge of importation and was brought to the jail in Bethel.

Also Monday, WAANT seized marijuana from a person headed to Atmauthluak. They say 33-year-old Christopher Nicholai was attempting to import 37.6 grams of pot. It has a value of nearly $2,000 in the village. Nicholai was arrested and brought to the jail in Bethel.

On October 5, officers contacted a woman waiting for a flight to Quinhagak. They found one bottle of alcohol on her and are forwarding importation charges to the District Attorney’s office. They have not released her name.

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