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Suspicious package leads to arrests in Ketchikan marijuana grow


January 27, 2011
Thursday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Enforcement reported that Ketchikan SEACAD (Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs) was notified by the Craig Police Department Tuesday afternoon that they had identified a suspicious package at a local air carrier in Craig that had the strong odor of marijuana.

Investigation by the Craig Police Department revealed that Kenneth Werth Jr, age 45 of Ketchikan, had shipped the package to Robert Vickers, age 56 of Craig. Vickers consented to a search of the package and 1.8 ounces of marijuana were found inside.

Ketchikan SEACAD located Werth's residence on Shoreline Drive and immediately observed a vehicle parked in front of the residence where two males were observed loading live marijuana plants from Werth's residence into a vehicle.

The vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Tongass and Jefferson by the Alaska State Troopers and the Ketchikan Police. The driver was identified as Thomas Allen, age 38 of Ketchikan. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and for the residence on Shoreline Drive. Seized from the vehicle were 10 live marijuana plants, grow lights and related grow equipment.

On Shoreline Drive 38 live marijuana plants, grow lights and related grow equipment were seized. Two plants weighing 7 ounces had already been harvested along with 10 ounces of harvested and dried "bud" along with approximately 8 ounces of marijuana trimmings. An automatic tumbler suspected to be used to manufacture hashish was also seized along with approximately 10 grams of hashish.

Kenneth Werth Jr was arrested for 4 counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance IV and transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center. Charges were forwarded for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance IV on Thomas Allen.

Charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement

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