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.