Press Releases

02/05/16 DPS PR #16-005

Whether Feeling Clawed or a Mile High, Only Drive Sober

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Almost all Super Bowl parties share similarities: Football fans, food, and beverages of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic type. It also might include some recreational marijuana use. But does your Super Bowl party also have a designated driver? The bottom line is that the Alaska State Troopers want everyone to be safe on the roadways after enjoying the big game.  In order to keep Alaska roads as safe as possible, every Super Bowl party should include a designated driver or have some other plan in place to keep all party go-ers from driving impaired.

Along with your big Super Bowl plans, the Alaska State Troopers have plans of our own. Troopers will conduct a high visibility enforcement campaign with the goal of preventing a fatal or major injury wreck from occurring on Alaska’s roadways this Super Bowl Sunday.

Boosting public awareness regarding the dangers of impaired driving, along with other driver behavior issues, helps to decrease the number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Impaired driving, speeding, reckless driving, driver inattention and failure to wear seatbelts or use child safety restraints all contribute to injury and death on Alaska’s roads. The Alaska State Troopers, as well as local law enforcement agencies, believe that persistent public education will help deter motorists from making poor driving decisions while behind the wheel and help save lives.

The Alaska State Troopers are also running a Super Bowl Anti-DUI television PSA leading up to the big day in hopes of reaching as many people as possible and encourage them to drive safely. The PSA can be viewed on our You Tube channel:  

https://youtu.be/SYY5WVGx3VE

There is also a longer version for the web:

https://youtu.be/IHXrtaAgPNE

Regardless of what your plans are on Super Bowl Sunday, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors on the roads while traveling to and from your destination. If you consume drugs or alcohol, plan to either stay the night or to have a sober driver take you home. Always have a plan to get home safely. Troopers also encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately by calling 9‐1‐1.

Funding for the High Visibility Enforcement campaign is provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

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02/04/16 DPS PR #16-004

Troopers Disrupt Major Illegal Drug Operation In Tok Area

(TOK, Alaska) – A 48-year-old man was arrested and faces numerous drug and weapons charges after Alaska State Troopers recovered more than $35,000 worth of suspected illegal drugs and numerous firearms and stolen goods at the man’s Tok residence on Tuesday.  The day before, after receiving information from the community about suspected illegal drug activity, troopers in Tok asked the Fairbanks Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) for help in disrupting the illegal distribution of narcotics in the Tok area. Investigators traveled to Tok and met with a person of interest who had recently purchased narcotics from a residence in Tok. Troopers also learned there might be a large amount of methamphetamine, stolen guns, stolen jewelry, stolen vehicles and stolen trailers at the residence. After conducting surveillance on the suspected illegal activity at the residence, troopers obtained a search warrant. Tok state and wildlife patrol troopers, Fairbanks Special Projects Unit troopers and members of the multi-agency Fairbanks SDEU executed a search warrant on the residence on Tuesday. The search warrant yielded 32 firearms (rifles, shotguns, pistols), of which half have been determined stolen; 10 grams of methamphetamine ($3000 street value); 49 grams of suspected Heroin (street value $29,400); 42 Morphine Tablets (street value $4200); seven Hydrocodone/OxyContin Tablets (street value $700); gold nuggets; and  $1,618 in cash.

Convicted felon Floyd J. Stuck was charged with second-, third- and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center. Troopers forwarded numerous drug and weapons charges to the Fairbanks district attorney’s office for prosecution of a female contacted at the residence. She was not arrested. The investigation is still on going. This was a major disruption to the illegal distribution of narcotics and recovery of stolen items within the Tok area, a rural community with approximately 1,200 people located 93 miles from the Canadian border.  

Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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02/01/16 DPS PR #16-003

North Pole Man Sentenced Following Drug Conviction

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – On Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, after an intensive, joint investigation between the Alaska State Troopers Fairbanks Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (Fairbanks SDEU), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ray Don Groskreutz, 39 of North Pole, was sentenced today in Federal court to 13 years of prison followed by 4 years of supervised release. Groskreutz was arrested on July 27, 2015, after the Alaska State Troopers conducted a welfare check on Groskreutz at a Fairbanks hotel where he was staying. When AST encountered him, Groskreutz admitted he had been “shooting up” earlier that day, and agreed to be searched. Groskreutz had a loaded .380 caliber handgun on his hip, along with nearly $6,000 in cash and a Taser on him. Subsequently numerous search warrants were sought which revealed Groskreutz’s backpack contained over 200 grams of methamphetamine, 71.1 grams of heroin, $11,000 cash, a drug ledger, a digital scale, and numerous small unused plastic baggies, and drug paraphernalia. Groskreutz’s van, parked at the hotel, contained another 14 firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition, and another $6,000 in cash. Investigators confirmed Groskreutz was on court-ordered release in connection with three separate state criminal cases when they contacted him.
The Alaska State Trooper Fairbanks Statewide Drug Unit estimated the street value of the methamphetamine totaled more than $62,000. The street value of the heroin seized was approximately $24,275.
“Through the hard work of all the investigators involved, from all the different agencies we were able to inflict a significant blow to the illegal drug distribution industry in the Fairbanks North Star Borough area,” said Sergeant Aaron Mobley, a member of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit. “I’m proud of how much time and dedication everyone put forth to reach this outcome.”
The Alaska State Troopers, Drug Enforcement Administration, Fairbanks Police Department, North Pole Police Department, UAF police department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all collaborated on this investigation.
Link to USDOJ Press Release:
http://www.justice.gov/usao-ak/pr/north-pole-man-sentenced-thirteen-years-prison-fairbanks-methamphetamine-heroin-and

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