More information has been released about a man arrested in Anchorage with heroin that State Troopers say was headed for Bethel. Troopers report that the man was attempting to smuggle the drugs by hiding them inside his body.
Of the 23 Bethel residents charged with illegally selling alcohol, or bootlegging, last week, 18 are current or former cab drivers. Ten are from Taxi/Alaska, seven are from Quyana Cab, and one is from Kusko Cab. In a conversation with KYUK, Quyana denies all allegations. Kusko Cab says that their one driver has been fired, and Taxi/Alaska has not returned phone calls requesting comment.
The state charged 18 cab drivers on Friday with selling alcohol without a license. One of those drivers was a former Kusko Cab driver, Sejdula Ajeti. Kusko co-owner Naim Shabani says Ajeti had worked for the company part time for six months. In June 2016, Shabani says he fired the driver when a state investigator approached Shabani about Ajeti’s alleged activities. KYUK talked with Shabani on Friday after the state announced its charges.
A two-year-long investigation culminated today, Friday, September 8, with charges against 23 Bethel residents, most of them cab drivers, for allegedly selling alcohol without a license; in other words, for bootlegging.
In the aftermath of a harrowing fatal shooting incident in Aniak, Joseph Yaska told State Troopers that “he was just so angry and he didn’t know why.” That’s according to a recent affidavit - one of several court documents that reveal further details about what happened early Sunday morning.
A succession of state corrections officials have filed through Bethel, investigating what led to the escape of two inmates from the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center this weekend. The duo fled through a storm grate and were apprehended after less than 24 hours. KYUK spoke with Commissioner of Corrections Dean Williams on Tuesday about the response to the jailbreak, and what’s being done to secure the prison.