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Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that's reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

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The Bethel City Council will discuss the local heroin situation. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will discuss the local heroin situation. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council plans to take a stance on the local heroin situation in their Tuesday meeting. The Council can direct the city manager to develop an action plan with local organizations to prevent heroin addiction and increase awareness.

City Council Member Byron Maczynski, who recently received a death threat for talking about Bethel’s heroin issue at meetings, is introducing the action memorandum. Read more →

Image courtesy of Alaska Department of Law.

Image courtesy of Alaska Department of Law.

A Bethel woman has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter for allegedly fatally injecting her father with heroin. 35-year-old Shannon Cooke faces the charges for an incident from September 29th, 2014.

The state says that 56-year-old Thomas Tungwenuk was found unresponsive in an Anchorage apartment. Police and medics responded and the man was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Read more →

Alaska State Troopers say two Holy Cross men attempted to transport nearly two pounds of marijuana from Anchorage to Holy Cross, via Aniak. An anonymous tip earlier this month launched an investigation that revealed the two people had flown 30 ounces of marijuana and some alcohol to Aniak on a scheduled flight.
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