Shelter staffer arrested after alleged drug shipment

By January 25, 2012Crime & Courts

Juneau Police report making a drug bust inside The Glory Hole homeless shelter Tuesday afternoon.

Stephen Dabney, 61, a night manager at the shelter, was arrested after accepting a mailed package that allegedly contained an ounce of heroin. Dabney had his first appearance in Juneau District Court on Wednesday. Bail was set at $20,000 cash. His next court appearance is February 3rd.

Deputy Magistrate Sharon Heidersdorf told Dabney that he could be sentenced to a maximum of 20-years in prison and fined $250,000 if he is convicted.

Officers with Juneau police, Southeast Alaska Cities against Drugs, FBI, and the Postal Service intercepted a package that allegedly contained the heroin and then made a controlled delivery at the shelter.

Prosecutors allege that it was just the latest of a series of packages that may have contained drugs and they say drug paraphernalia — such as cell phones, scales, and sales registers that are commonly associated with dealing drugs — were also seized on Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams said it was her understanding that Dabney was fired from his job at the shelter on Wednesday morning.

Juneau Police spokeswoman Cindi Brown-Mills says four JPD officers and as many as four federal officers participated in the arrest.

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