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03/28/17 DPS PR# 17-006

Joint Investigation in Kodiak Leads to Meth Lab

(KODIAK, Alaska) – On March 16, 2017 at approximately 1304 hours, Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) received a report of a suspicious package shipped from California to a residence in Kodiak. Investigation revealed that the package contained approximately a half pound of methamphetamine. The total street value of the seized methamphetamine is approximately of $82,759.50.

On March 17, 2017, at approximately 1830 hours, investigators with the SDEU, Kodiak Police Department and the United States Coast Guard Investigative Service made contact with a suspect at the business the package was addressed to be delivered. The contact resulted in successfully locating further evidence of drug trafficking and the arrest of Steven E. Stersic, 56 of Kodiak.  Investigators obtained a search warrant for a property. During the service of the search warrant a Meth lab was discovered.  As there was a health and safety risk associated with the lab, law enforcement agents participating in the search left the structure and secured the premises.  

On March 18, 2017, at approximately 0900 hours, Alaska State Trooper personnel from Anchorage with clandestine lab certifications were picked up and transported to the Kodiak USCG Air Station.  They ultimately responded to the business property, processed the scene and ultimately rendered the location safe to collect evidence.  The personnel also was able to confirmation that the location was used as a meth lab.  On March 23, 2017, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and Environmental Compliance Consultants arrived in Kodiak to oversee the seizure of hazardous materials. 

On March 23, 2017, the Kodiak grand jury issued a true bill against Steve Stersic. The charges included four counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and a single count of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Second degree. Stersic was released on bail $2,000 bail and third party custodian requirements on March 22, 2017.

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03/14/17 DPS PR #17-005

Scheme to Defraud and Forgery 2

On September 14, 2016, Investigators from the Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Investigations, Financial Crimes Units appeared before the Anchorage Grand Jury and presented a complex check fraud, theft, and identify theft investigation. This investigation discovered four individual victims, five financial institutions, and numerous local businesses accrued a financial loss. The estimated financial loss exceeds $60,000.00 between March 2016 and June 2016. Nakisha Reed, age 36, of Anchorage, was indicted on one count of Scheme to Defraud, one count of Theft in the First degree, one count of Falsifying Business records,  and 26 counts of Forgery in the Second Degree. Derrick Grandberry-Williams, age 40, of Anchorage, was indicted on one count of Scheme to Defraud, one count of Theft in the First degree, one count of Attempted Criminal Impersonation in the Frist degree, one count of Falsifying Business Records, five counts of Forgery in the Second Degree. Mia Stephens, age 18, of Anchorage, was indicted on three counts of Forgery in the Second degree and one count of Theft in the Second degree. Jeffery Debaere, age 41, of Anchorage, and Kyleen Erdman, age 33, of Anchorage, were both incited on two counts of Forgery in the Second degree and one count of Theft in the Second degree. As of 9/15/2016, all the defendants in this case were incarcerated.

On March 13, 2017, Grandberry-Williams, Reed, Stephens, and Debaere appeared before the Anchorage Court and entered guilty pleas on Forgery and Scheme to Defraud charges. Grandberry-Williams pled guilty to one count of Forgery in the Second Degree and was sentenced to five years in jail with two suspended, and two years of probation. Reed pled guilty to one count of Scheme to Defraud and was sentenced to six years in jail with four suspended, and five years of probation. Stephens pled guilty to one count of Forgery in the Second Degree and was sentenced to a two-year SIS with 90 days to serve.  Debaere pled guilty to one count of Forgery in the Second Degree and was sentenced to 2.5 years with six months to serve and three years of probation. Restitution will be ordered at a later hearing. The fifth defendant, Erdman, withdrew her plea and her case is being set for trial. 

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02/17/17 DPS PR #17-004

296 Marijuana Plants Seized in Tok

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Fairbanks SDEU received a tip regarding an illegal marijuana grow operation at a residence near milepost 1316 of the Alaska Highway. The following day, investigators with Fairbanks SDEU traveled to Tok to begin working the case with the assistance of the local Alaska State Troopers Post.

Troopers arrived on the property and contacted a man at the residence. Troopers noticed a strong odor of marijuana while they were on the property. The resident was cooperative with troopers on scene and gave consent for the property to be searched and illegal marijuana plants to be seized.

Investigators located 296 marijuana plants in different stages of growth in a large shop adjacent to the residence. Also located was 10 pounds of processed marijuana packaged into quarter ounce bags. The plants and the processed marijuana were seized. The total street value of the marijuana (product and plants) is estimated at about $604,000.

Charges have been forward to the DA’s Office for MICS III x 3.     

The Marijuana Control Board has useful information regarding the legalities of marijuana for both personal use and commercial use on its website.

To learn more, please visit https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/amco/MarijuanaFAQs.aspx.

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