Pounds of marijuana seized on the way to region

by Sophie Evan on October 27, 2011

Officers with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team confiscated 3 and a half pounds of marijuana that was on its way to Western Alaska from Anchorage. They also seized alcohol bound for the village of Stebbins.

WAANT Troopers intercepted a 40-year old female at the Anchorage airport who was allegedly attempting to smuggle a lot of marijuana to the village of Stebbins. That was on October 19. From the woman, officers seized 1,245 grams or what is about 2.8 pounds of marijuana. WAANT says the pot had a street value of $62,250. WAANT says the suspect was allowed to continue on to Stebbins, and that other suspects have been identified as their investigation continues.

On the same day, in Anchorage, WAANT officers were alerted to suspicious packages being sent through the mail. The boxes were being mailed from Lakewood Washington and addressed to a three-year old child in Stebbins. Troopers say the boxes contained 27 bottles of vodka, and 26 grams of marijuana. WAANT is continuing their investigation.

An air carrier in Anchorage alerted WAANT about a few suspicious packages. Officers contacted a 30-year-old man from Sleetmute who was allegedly trying to travel home with 324 grams of marijuana. Officers say the man admitted that he was going to sell the pot in order to cover an expense of $1,200. The pot had a street value of $16,210. The man was allowed to continue on his trip with his newborn child and the investigation continues.

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