SEACAD nabs Arizona man in Skagway for trying to import cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms

    Skagway, Alaska (KINY) - Skagway Police Chief Jerry Reddick has announced the arrest of an Arizona man for allegedly attempting to import drugs into Alaska.

    According to Reddick, on Aug. 4, members of the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force located a suspicious parcel being shipped in the mail from Arizona to Skagway.

    A search warrant to open the package was obtained and it was determined to contain 29 gross grams of cocaine and 59 grams of psilocybin mushrooms.

    On Aug. 10, SEACAD and officers of the Skagway Police Department delivered the package to its intended destination, a P.O. Box in Skagway. The package was picked up by 25-year-old Arizona resident David Patterson. The package was then taken to a residence in the area of 1-mile Dyea Road.

    Upon opening the package, Patterson was contacted by SEACAD task force officers and detained.

    Patterson was later arrested and taken to the jail; he is being held on charges of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class B felony offense, Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class C felony offense, and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, a class A misdemeanor.

    SEACAD, Southeast Alaska Cities against Drugs, is a regional taskforce comprised of municipal police departments from Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines, Petersburg, Hoonah, Wrangell, Craig and Yakutat, the Alaska State Troopers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug
    Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service.

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