Miguel Baez Guevara, 38, faces 17 criminal counts, prosecutors announced Wednesday in Anchorage.
Authorities arrested 27-year-old woman from Prince of Wales Island who allegedly brought the drugs in on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle.
Juneau police named James Esbenshade as the officer who shot and killed Kelly Michael Stephens.
Troopers point to collaboration with partners as its principal means for combating a growing demand with diminished resources for policing.
Opioids were a main driver in roughly 1,200 drug overdose deaths in Philadelphia last year. That’s four times the city’s murder rate. It’s time, some officials say, to supervise, not criminalize.
According to court documents, troopers approached William “Billy” Aloysius, 33, at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on August 31 as he was waiting for his flight home to Bethel.
Dillingham police arrested a man Saturday night who was allegedly dealing heroin from a boat in the harbor. Andrew “Weebee” Olsen, 29, was charged with one count of felony drug possession and one count of felony drug trafficking.
The number of syringes exchanged at one Anchorage non-profit doubled in just two years. In 2016, the program gave out slightly less than a half-million clean needles. And disposed of even more. This year they’re on track to outpace that.
Like much of the country, Alaska is seeing a surge in opioid and heroin addiction. State officials are scrambling to deal with an expanding list of the consequences.
Alaska has another tool in the fight against opioids. Public health officials are distributing thousands of disposal bags that chemically react and leave no trace of the drugs.