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Routine traffic stop ends in felony drug bust


March 1, 2018

Haines Police arrested a 20-year-old Juneau man Saturday after a routine traffic stop on two felony drug charges.

Officer Chris Brown said he nearly struck the vehicle after its driver ran a stop sign, according to court documents.

After speaking with the driver and the passenger, Brown connected them to a recent tip he received about a male and female who came to Haines to sell drugs.

“As I spoke with the two occupants they advised they had just left from a location where they were staying with a female I was familiar with in Haines,” Brown wrote. “At this point I remembered (the department) received a tip that this female had recently come to Haines with a male to sell drugs in the Haines area.”

Brown searched the suspect for weapons and found bullets along with a knife in a scabbard attached to a necklace around the man’s neck. Police also found two SKS semi-automatic rifles in the vehicle.

The man told Brown he had baggies which contained “some ‘up’ and ‘down.’”

“I asked the suspect to clarify what he meant by up and he said up was ‘meth’ and down was ‘heroin,’” Brown wrote.

Brown found a substance he believed to be methamphetamine packaged in seven small plastic bags, suspected heroin in a small rubber container and more heroin in a small metallic cylinder that read “50g.”

After Brown read the suspect his rights, the man said he was willing to speak to police, the charging documents state.

“The suspect stated he had recently come to Haines with a friend and believed he could make some money selling methamphetamine and heroin in Haines as he can sell the drugs at a higher price than in Juneau,” documents state.

The suspect said he was selling drugs to support his wife and daughter and that he had sold “a little less than half” of the methamphetamine. The recovered meth weighed about 5 grams, charging documents state.

Police charged the man with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second and third degrees, A class B and B felonies respectively. The man appeared in court Sunday and was released on his own recognizance.


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