Five arrested in two separate drug busts in Ketchikan

    Juneau, Alaska KINY) - The Ketchikan Police Department teamed up with SEACAD, Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs, stopped drugs from entering the Southeast community in two different cases.

    Last Friday, 35-year-old Jamie Guiberson of Washington State was contacted at the airport there as she arrived from Seattle.  A release from Ketchikan Police says a search warrant was served on her checked luggage resulting in the seizure of 400 round blue pills marked "M30" which were believed to contain fentanyl; 104.5 grams of methamphetamine, and 82.2 grams of heroin.  The street value of the drugs in Ketchikan is approximately $97,000, according to police.

    Further investigation resulted in the arrests of 29-year-old William Van-Sise and 31-year-old Kendra Bartholomew, both of Ketchikan.  Police say Guiberson traveled to Ketchikan to deliver the drugs to them.  

    The pair was also charged in the ongoing investigation following the seizure of 102.5 grants of methamphetamine at the airport on February 11 which had a street value of about $15,300.  

    All three suspects were arrested on booked on multiple felony drug trafficking charges and jailed at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on no bail.

    The other case came down Monday when 34-year-old Michelle Nelson of Washington was contacted at the airport as she arrived from Seattle.

    The search warrant, in that case, resulted in the discovery of about 103.5 grants of heroin; 61.2 grams of methamphetamine; 2.8 grams of fentanyl; and 1,017 blue tablets in her suitcase marked "M30" believed to be fentanyl.  

    In conjunction with this case, a search warrant was served on the residence of Angelina McDonald where officers found five M30 pills, several grams of methamphetamine, several psilocybin mushrooms.  Also found was evidence of drug distribution including a digital cash counter, approximately $3,000 cash, digital scales, empty baggies, and drug paraphernalia.

    Police said evidence shows Nelson traveled to Ketchikan to deliver the drugs to McDonald.  The street value of the drugs seized in this case was pegged at about $152,600.

    McDonald, whose age was not revealed in the police release, and Nelson were arrested and booked on multiple felony drug charges and jailed at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on no bail.

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