Press Releases

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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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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