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12/16/16 DPS PR# 16-042

Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution

(MATANUSKA-SUSITNA VALLEY, Alaska) – This week, on Dec. 12, 2016, an investigation by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) in the Mat-Su Valley came to completion for one man involved in large drug ring. Anchorage resident Seneca Neal, 37, was sentenced in Federal Court to 22 years in prison.

In early September of 2014, with the increasing prevalence of heroin abuse in the Mat-SU Valley, SDEU worked hard to identify where it was coming from. Through the use of informants, technological equipment and physical surveillance, SDEU, with the assistance of CAIU, Palmer CSU, Palmer ABHP, Special Crimes Investigation Unit, WAANT, SDEU-Soldotna, TCU Anchorage, Anchorage JS, DEA and ATF, several search warrants were served in the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage. This large-scale joint effort led to Neal’s identification as a distributer of large amounts of heroin, as well as other illegal drugs. Neal, at the time, was on Federal probation for Conspiracy to distribute drugs.

By the end of November 2014, SDEU seized more than 1.70 pounds (774.96 grams) of brown heroin, 69 grams of bath salts, 136 grams of marijuana and $8,834.00 in cash. Street value for the seized drugs was approximately $232,000.00. SDEU also seized two vehicles believed to have been used and/or purchased with drug proceeds.

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Neal was a main source of supply of heroin for not only the Mat-Su Valley, but also in the Fairbanks area. Neal was arrested on Nov. 30, 2014 in Anchorage. He was held on Federal charges of possession with intent to deliver without bail.

In mid-August, after a 3 day jury trial in Federal Court, Neal was found guilty on all counts, to include Conspiracy to distribute one or more kilos, Distribution of more than 100 grams, Distribution, and Possession with intent to distribute.

“SDEU dedicates resources and effort towards detection, deterrence and the prosecution of the people profiting off the misery of someone else’s addiction,” said Captain Michael Duxbury, Commander of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit. “We did that in this case.”

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01/04/17 DPS PR #16-041 UPDATE

Holiday Enforcement Campaign Complete

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are partially through their enhanced enforcement patrols for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. 

From the time period of Dec. 14, 2016 thru Jan. 2, 2017, Troopers contacts included:

- 48 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 2 felony DUI Arrests

- 37 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

- 92 REDDIs reported with 34 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI

- 218 damage only crashes 22 injury crashes and 2 fatal collisions were investigated by troopers

- Of the 1175 citations issued, 320 were issued for speeding and 23 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

12/13/16 DPS PR# 16-041 ORIGINAL RELEASE

Don’t Drive Impaired This Holiday Season

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Most everyone is in a festive mood. Even Grinches still tend to partake in the merrymaking of large gatherings. As the holiday parties get into full swing keep in mind a plan to get home safe and sound. To help remind you to not drive impaired, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers, inspired by Rudolph’s red nose, will attempt to stand out by being visible out on the highways (with lights and sirens if we have to). The high visibility enforcement effort, which starts Dec. 14 and lasts until the early morning hours of Jan. 2 of the new year, is to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they revel in Holiday cheer.

The Department of Public Safety realizes that alcohol is a part of many festivities this time of year. If you plan on partaking, don’t drive. (♫ You may get pulled over by a trooper ♪ driving home from a friend’s house on Christmas Eve ♫). Please have a plan in place to not drive impaired. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is done annually around the holidays to encourage the motoring public to keep safety in mind and to prevent this time of year from turning tragic.

The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. While the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions.

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe by not driving impaired. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report by calling 911! (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately).

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11/22/16 DPS PR #16-0340

Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Campaign

11/30/2016 Update

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Alaska State Troopers completed its focused enforcement of Click It or Ticket patrols for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. 

For period 11/23/2016 thru 11/28/2016:

    - 9 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI Arrests
    - 8 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
    - 30 REDDIs reported with 6 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
    - 50 damage only crashes 8 injury crashes and 1 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
    - Of the 449 citations issued, 144 were issued for speeding and 85 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – One way to avoid a road-side chat with law enforcement this holiday season is as simple as buckling up! The Alaska State Troopers will be out conducting extra traffic enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. While patrols will be focused on seat belt enforcement, troopers will also watch for impaired driving, speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. The intention of the focused enforcement is to bring the number of major-injury or fatal collisions on Alaska’s roads down to zero.

Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for Thanksgiving, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors on the roads while traveling to and from your destination. If you are in a vehicle, you should always wear your seatbelt and encourage those around you to do the same. Children in vehicles should be properly restrained using the appropriate safety equipment whether it be a seatbelt, a booster seat or a car seat.

Troopers encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9‐1‐1.

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