Press Releases

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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04/08/16 DPS PR #16-020

AST Partnering with KPD to Combat Drug and Alcohol Trafficking on Kodiak

(KODIAK, Alaska) – Alaska State Troopers are partnering with the Kodiak Police Department to combat mid-to-upper level drug and alcohol traffickers operating in the Kodiak area. Effective May 16, AST will have an assigned trooper investigator to the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) in Kodiak to work closely with the Kodiak Police Department. This position will be supervised by a trooper Sergeant within the Southcentral Area Narcotics unit (SCAN) in Soldotna.

The former partnership between Alaska State Troopers and the Kodiak Police Department specifically tasked with combating drug trafficking in Kodiak was disbanded in the fall of 2004.

DPS would like to thank Governor Walker for making possible the designation of this newly assigned trooper position and for continued support in the efforts to reduce the availability of illegal substances to communities such as Kodiak.

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04/08/16 DPS PR #16-019

Springtime Brings Dangers to Snowmachiners

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – As spring time bringing the much anticipated warmer temperatures it also brings melting snow and ice which leads to potential problems for snowmachiners.  Some places in Alaska the snowmachiners are worried about avalanche dangers. In the Yukon-Kuskokiwm Delta all the way up to the Seward Peninsula, a different potentially deadly issue presents itself: open leads and weak ice on the rivers.

Since the end of March, at least three incidents have occurred where snowmachiners and ATV operators found themselves in deadly plights. One of them is presumed deceased after he went missing during a ground blizzard near Elim. Tracks were found leading up to an open lead. Efforts to find him have only turned up his snowmachine.  In Bethel, a man was killed when his four-wheeler went into soft ice. And in Unalakleet, a man was able to escape with his life after he unexpectedly broke through river ice.   

“Unfortunately it is that time of year when we have to respond to folks lost in the ocean, rivers and lakes around western Alaska due to open leads and soft ice,” said Alaska State Trooper Captain Barry Wilson, Commander of C Detachment.  “All of our search and rescue groups are reminding the residence to use an abundance of caution while traveling between communities.”

Snowmachiners are encouraged to be very cautious on their trips into the mountains or across rivers. Always check conditions before heading out and leave behind a detailed trip plan so potential searchers know where to check for you if you fail to reach your destination on time. Snowmachiners are advised to never set out alone. If you find yourself in a tight spot, your best chance of a rescue comes from the people you are with you.  

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