Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit Teams

  • AITF
  • Fairbanks
  • Mat-Su
  • Southcentral
  • Southeast
  • WAANT

Alaska Interdiction Task Force

The Alaska Interdiction Task Force (AITF) is a federally funded task force sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The AITF is responsible for investigations that involve drug trafficking at various ports of entry to include passengers and luggage arriving at airport terminals; packages, and cargo shipped through parcel delivery services; and commercial cargo carriers. The AITF is comprised of a DEA supervisor, DEA agents, an AST investigator and drug-detection canine, an AST criminal justice technician, a Ted Steven International Airport Police Officer, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent, an Anchorage Police Officer and an Alaska National Guard Counterdrug Support Program Officer.

DEA Enforcement Group

Like the AITF, the Statewide Drug Enforcement Group in Anchorage has an AST investigator and drug-detection canine assigned. This trooper is a federally deputized task force officer (TFO) that works with other federal, state and local TFOs to conduct joint drug investigations around the state. The group focuses on investigating larger drug trafficking organizations.

Tip Line:   (907) 271-5033
Fax Line:  (907) 271-3097

Fairbanks Areawide Narcotics Team

The primary area of responsibility for the Fairbanks Areawide Narcotics Team is in Interior Alaska, but also reaches as far north as Barrow and east to the Canadian border. The Fairbanks team is made up of an AST sergeant, trooper investigators, an AST criminal justice technician as well as investigators from the Fairbanks and North Pole police departments. The Fairbanks team works closely with several local police departments as well as the uniformed patrol section of the Alaska State Troopers to educate, train and support efforts related to illegal alcohol and drug enforcement. The Fairbanks team is also assisted by Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the Fairbanks area. DEA and ATF complement the team's investigative ability by providing additional manpower, resources and the possibility of federal prosecution of drug traffickers.

Tip Line:   (907) 374-3761
Fax Line:  (907) 374-3772

Fairbanks Crime Stoppers: (907) 456-2583 Fax (907) 474-7377

Mat-Su Drug Narcotics Enforcement Team

The Mat-Su Drug Enforcement team focuses on drug investigations within the Matanuska-Susitna region to include Palmer, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Glennallen, Valdez and Cordova. The Mat-Su team works closely with the Palmer Police Department and the Wasilla Police Department as well as the uniformed patrol section of the Alaska State Troopers to educate, train and support efforts related to drug enforcement. The team is comprised of an AST sergeant, AST investigators, an AST Criminal Justice Technician and investigators from the Wasilla and Palmer police departments. The team is also supported by a soldier from the National Guard Counterdrug Support Program.

Tip Line:   (907) 373-0705
Fax Line:  (907) 373-1414

Mat-Su Crime Stoppers: (907) 745-3333
Tips regarding the Mat-Su Valley can also be submitted online with Crime Stoppers at: http://www.matsu-crimestoppers.org/index.aspx

 

Southcentral Areawide Narcotics Team

The Southcentral Areawide Narcotics (SCAN) team primarily focuses on illegal drug investigations throughout the Kenai Peninsula. The team is supervised by an AST sergeant and staffed with an Alaska State Trooper investigator, a Criminal Justice Technician and one Investigator from the Kenai police department. Communities within SCAN's area of responsibility include Whittier, Seldovia, Homer, Soldotna, Kenai and Seward. The team is dedicated to working closely with Federal law enforcement agencies as well as the local police departments in these communities and uniformed patrol units of the Alaska State Troopers, to educate and support their efforts in drug enforcement. The team also provides drug awareness and education to several private and government organizations in the region.

Tip line:  (907) 260-3784 or (877) 260-3784
Fax line: (907) 260-4708

Kenai Crime Stoppers: (800) 478-HALT(4258)
Tips regarding the Kenai Peninsula can also be submitted online with Crime Stoppers at: www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com

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Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs

The Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs Task Force (SEACAD) is a pro-active task force whose primary goal is to reduce illegal drug trafficking in Southeast Alaska. SEACAD provides support to Petersburg, Wrangell, Craig, Klawok, Yakutat, Juneau and Ketchikan police departments. SEACAD has investigative personnel located in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Petersburg.

An Alaska State Trooper sergeant based in Juneau oversees the operational aspects of SEACAD, while the Sitka Police Department Chief is the administrative project manager. SEACAD is comprised of an Alaska State Trooper sergeant, a AST investigator, a criminal justice technician, a Petersburg Police Department investigator, a Sitka Police Department investigator and a SEACAD investigator with a scent detection K-9.

Due to Southeast Alaska's relative proximity to Canada and the contiguous 48 United States, SEACAD has developed excellent working relationships with several other State and International agencies in an effort to interdict illegal drugs flowing into Southeast Alaska.

Juneau AST Tip Line:         (907) 465-6305
Juneau AST Fax Line:         (907) 465-6307

Ketchikan AST Tip Line:     (907) 228-4020
Fax:                                     (907) 247-7338

Ketchikan Crime Stoppers:  (907) 225-2583 FAX (907) 247-6631
Petersburg Crime Stoppers: (907) 772-7463 FAX (907) 772-3504
Sitka Crime Line:                 (907) 747-8980 FAX (907) 747-1075

Tips regarding the Southeast Alaska can also be submitted online with The Juneau Crime Line at: http://juneaucrimeline.com/

Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team

The primary area of responsibility for the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team (WAANT) includes the Anchorage Airport, Girdwood, Kodiak, the Aleutian Chain, Kotzebue, Nome, Bethel, Dillingham and their surrounding villages. Due to the vast number of local option communities in Western Alaska, a significant portion of this team's focus is on illegal alcohol enforcement. They target smugglers and bootleggers through undercover operations and interdictions. Alcohol shipped legally to regional hubs such as Nome, Bethel and Kotzebue is then illegally distributed to nearby communities which have banned alcohol or have limited the possession of alcohol under the local option laws of Alaska.

The WAANT consists of an AST sergeant, AST investigators, an AST Criminal Justice Technician and a soldier from National Guard Counterdrug Support Program (CDSP) in Anchorage; an AST investigator in Bethel; an AST investigator in Nome; an AST investigator and local police officer in Dillingham; and an AST investigator and a local police officer in Kotzebue.

The two most common methods of importing illegal alcohol and drugs into rural communities are via the U.S. Postal Service and local airlines. Because much of the illegal alcohol and drugs being distributed in rural Alaska are shipped through the U.S. mail, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducts interdictions with direct support from AST and CDSP. These efforts consist of  personnel monitoring packages en route to outlying villages and communities through postal facilities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Bethel. Suspicious packages are brought to the attention of the postal inspectors, who then decide how best to investigate the shipment. Cross deputation of WAANT team members by the Postal Inspection Service has been in place since 2007. This cross deputation has given WAANT investigators additional authority to conduct investigations involving postal parcels involving illegal alcohol.

Anchorage tip line:   (907) 243-3673 or (800) 478-3325
Anchorage fax line:  (907) 243-5907
Bethel tip line:          (800) 478-9112
Bethel fax line:         (907) 543-0463
Kotzebue tip line:     (800) 789-3222
Kotzebue fax line:    (907) 442-3221
Nome tip line:           (800) 443-2835
Nome fax line:          (907) 443-5840