Quinhagak woman charged with importation

by Trim Nick on January 7, 2013

A Quinhagak woman was charged with importation of alcohol after attempting to import alcohol into her home village.

40-year-old Bessie Hawk was contacted at the Bethel airport by investigators from WAANT or the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team after receiving a tip that she may be importing alcohol to Quinhagak. Hawk was traveling home with a local commercial air carrier out of Bethel.

A search of Hawk’s bags turned up five 750 milliliter bottles of R and R whiskey. Hawk was charged with Importation of Alcohol and was referred to the District Attorney’s office.

Quinhagak, 90 miles downriver from Bethel, is a local-option “dry” community, which prohibits the possession and sale of alcohol within the village.

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