WAANT seizes thousands of dollars worth of pot and alcohol

by Sophie Evan on October 22, 2012

Law enforcement troopers have seized thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs and alcohol in busts over the weekend.

On Friday, the 19th, the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, stopped two women –49-year old Rose Olson, and 46-year old Pauline Roland –from traveling to Goodnews Bay with alcohol and drugs. WAANT reports that the pair was arrested as they waited for their flight to the village.

13-bottles of alcohol and 26-and a half grams of marijuana was seized from their luggage. That’s has a combined street value of over $32-hundred dollars. Both Olson and Roland are waiting arraignment at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center. Goodnews Bay residents voted to ban the sale and importation of alcohol making their community dry.

On Saturday, the 20th, WAANT officers were called to a local air carrier where a man was waiting to travel to the Yukon River village of Russian Mission. 34-year old Glen Changsak (Chang-sack) was alleged to be traveling with a concealed firearm, ammunition, and a large amount of marijuana.

WAANT says one of the bags contained 13-ounces of marijuana, worth over $18-thousand dollars on the street. Changsak (Chang-sack) was also alleged to have a single bottle of alcohol strapped to his midsection. Changsak was arrested and brought to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center here in Bethel.

On the same day, October 20th, WAANT officers were alerted to suspicious freight destined for Hooper Bay. WAANT investigated and identified a suspect, who is a resident of Hooper Bay. The freight was searched and allegedly contained 8-bottles of alcohol, worth about $12-hundred dollars in the village. No names have been released in the case, charges are being forwarded to the Bethel District Attorney’s office.

Hooper Bay is a local option village that banned alcohol.

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