JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) — On Wednesday, narcotics investigators from the Alaska State Trooper’s Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit seized over 4,100 counterfeit oxycodone drugs containing fentanyl and 88 grams of heroin after finishing a multi-day investigation within the Fairbanks space.
In addition, 36-year-old Christopher Birdow, 37-year-old Daniel Barnes and 29-year-old William Gurley of Arizona have been arrested for trafficking these unlawful narcotics from the lower 48s.
“Your Alaska State Troopers are committed to doing our part to stop the flow of dangerous illegal drugs into Alaska. This year alone, we have seized millions of potentially lethal doses of fentanyl intended for Alaskans,” said Lt. Tony Wegrzyn, deputy commander of the Alaska State Trooper’s Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit. “This operation should serve as a warning to the bottom 48 drug dealers planning to sell drugs in Alaska that we take the drug trade seriously. Know that the Alaska State Troopers will aggressively investigate drug trafficking and hold those involved in death accountable for their actions in our state.”
On November 3, Trooper investigators obtained a tip that three Arizona drug dealers have been promoting fentanyl-laced drugs within the Fairbanks space. Drug officers from the Fairbanks Area Narcotics Team started a coordinated investigation into the three traffickers.
On November 9, FANT Trooper Investigators together with Troopers from the Fairbanks Criminal Suppression Unit, Patrol and Special Emergency Reaction Team executed a search warrant at a Fairbanks space resort and seized roughly 1,090 blue (*48*) counterfeit fentanyl drugs, 3,090 rainbow (*48*) counterfeit drugs Fentanyl drugs, roughly 88 grams of heroin and $13,500.00 in money. The estimated avenue worth of those unlawful medicine in Fairbanks is $150,000.
Birdow, Barnes and Gurley have been arrested with out incident and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on prices of managed substance misconduct II, weapons misconduct II and III, and tampering with bodily proof.
The Fairbanks Area Narcotics Team (FANT) is an Alaska HIDTA initiative made up of legislation enforcement officers from the Alaska State Troopers, North Pole Police Department, Fairbanks Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA ) composed.