Press Releases

05/27/2016 PR #16-025

Troopers Conducting Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are halfway through the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort which started May 23 and ends June 5.

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer. Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit   http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml

Funding for the High Visibility Enforcement Campaign was funded by grants distributed by the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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05/27/16 DPS PR #16-024

P/V Woldstad Decommissioning

(KODIAK, Alaska) – After 34 years of patrolling Alaska fisheries as one of the largest vessels in the Alaska Wildlife Trooper Fleet, the Patrol Vessel Woldstad is being decommissioned.

The P/V Woldstad is a 121-foot, 300 ton vessel. With its home Port in Kodiak, it patrolled from Kodiak Island to the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay with a four man civilian crew. The vessel was typically staffed by one or two Alaska Wildlife Troopers on each trip. At the time it was acquired, the P/V Woldstad was the largest vessel assigned to the Marine Enforcement Section for many years until the 156-foot P/V Stimson was commissioned in 1998 to work alongside the P/V Woldstad patrolling the vast Alaskan Waters while enforcing some of the largest commercial fisheries in the world. The Woldstad typically spent about 130 days at sea throughout the year. In addition to commercial fisheries enforcement, the P/V Woldstad was utilized for vessel based firefighting, remote village access, search and rescue and an emergency base of operations for law enforcement in case of natural disasters.

The vessel was named in honor of Colonel Fred W. Woldstad who retired in 1980 as the director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection, which today is known as the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Colonel Woldstad was instrumental in the creation of the Marine Enforcement Section and a strong supporter of the section's efforts to provide enforcement services to offshore fisheries. Colonel Woldstad passed away on October 3, 1986. DPS was proud to have carried on his memory for more than three decades through the use of the P/V Woldstad.

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05/26/16 DPS PR #16-023

Troopers in Fairbanks Seize Heroin and Cocaine

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Alaska State Troopers made arrests in two separate drug cases in the Fairbanks area in the past week. On May 20, 2016 at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Fairbanks Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) had been informed that a local shipping company had located what they believed to be heroin. The package was shipped from Oregon to a Fairbanks address. The substance tested positive as heroin and consisted of approximately 195 individual doses. SDEU along with AST Patrol contacted the recipient of the package after it had been delivered to the address. SDEU served search warrants on the residence and subsequently arrested David Adam Casanova, 34 of Oregon, Ashley Kristine Service, 31 of Oregon, and Donald Troy Nelson, 22 of Fairbanks for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree. Estimated street value in Heroin seized was a little over $9,000. All three were remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center.        
On May 21, 2016 at approximately 6:11 p.m., a Parks Highway Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a north bound vehicle for speeding. The driver was found to be on Federal Probation and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, 1.6 pounds of uncut Cocaine was located at the feet of passenger, Xavier Thompson Bido, 26 of Puerto Rico. Fairbanks Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) was contacted and had both men transported to Fairbanks for investigation. SDEU Investigators arrested Bido for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Bido was transported and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center.  

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05/05/16 DPS PR #16-022

Alaska Police Memorial Day 2016

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The public is cordially invited to attend the Alaska Police Memorial Day ceremony. It is being held this Friday, May 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the State Crime Detection Laboratory at 4805 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.  

Every year we set out to honor the Alaska law enforcement officers that have given the ultimate sacrifice to the people of Alaska. The ceremony also honors law enforcement officers who carry on after the death of their peers.

For some people, like Sergeant Mike Roberts, an Alaska State Trooper that works out of the AST Fairbanks post and this year’s keynote speaker, the two most recent line of duty deaths also meant the loss of two of his dear friends. It has been just over two years since Sergeant Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich were shot and killed after they responded to Tanana to investigate a report of a man brandishing a gun in the community the night before. They never made it home.  

Anchorage: May 6, 2016. The event starts at 3pm at the Alaska State Crime Detection Laboratory on 4805 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
Fairbanks: May 20, 2016.
Juneau:  May 13, 2016.

Please come and show your support to the men and women who wear a badge in order to make Alaska a safer, better place and to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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04/14/16 DPS PR #16-021

Heroin Smugglers Apprehended at Anchorage Airport

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – In February 2016, investigators with the Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in the Mat-Su (SDEU-MatSu) began an investigation into the importation and sale of heroin into Alaska from Portland Oregon. SDEU was able to identify the suspect as Rodney J. Anderson, 53 of Portland, Oregon.

On March 14, 2016, just after one in the morning, Investigators with SDEU-MatSu, with the assistance of Anchorage WAANT, Airport Police and in cooperation with Clackamas County Oregon Drug Task Force officers, Anderson was contacted as he arrived on a commercial airline at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Anderson was also in the company of two other people identified as Alyssa Dallmann, 28 of Palmer, and Joshua Martin, 39 of Gladstone, Oregon. They were subsequently identified as couriers employed and paid by Anderson to smuggle heroin concealed in their body cavities into Alaska.  In all, the three traffickers were found to be concealing more than 300 gram of heroin.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that Anderson and his associates smuggled more than 11 pounds of heroin (50,000 individual doses) into Alaska over the past year.  The estimated street value of the Heroin was more than a million dollars.

“We will never know how many lives were impacted in a positive way by this seizure, but we will continue to investigate, apprehend and bring to justice those who are contributing to and profiting from those suffering with addiction,” said Captain Jeff Laughlin, Commander of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit. “This investigation is yet another example of the commitment of law enforcement professionals who are tirelessly working to interdict a very damaging drug before it reaches Alaskan communities.”

Anderson was arrested for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the second degree and held on $100,000.00 bail. Dallmann was arrested for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the second degree and held on $10,000.00 bail. Martin was arrested for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the second degree and held on $50,000.00 bail. All three were remanded to Anchorage jail.

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