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Ketchikan Man and Woman Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges; Residence Subject to Forfeiture


January 27, 2018
Saturday PM

(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced yesterday that a Ketchikan man and woman have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.  Michael Anthony Welker, 54, and Mandy Elaine Bacus a/k/a Mandy Elaine Peters, 35, both of Ketchikan, were named in the indictment charging them with drug conspiracy. 

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Welker and Bacus were arraigned Thursday in Juneau federal court and were ordered detained pending trial, which has been scheduled for April 2, 2018.

According to court records, between June 1, 2017, and Sept. 15, 2017, Welker and Bacus allegedly sold methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), cocaine, and heroin on numerous occasions to an undercover informant from their residence located in Ketchikan. 

Welker and Bacus were subsequently arrested by law enforcement officers on Jan. 23, 2018, in Ketchikan. 

According to U.S. Attorney Schroder, their Ketchikan residence is now subject to forfeiture.  

The Ketchikan Police Department (KPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt. 

It should be noted, an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

U.S. Department of Justice - District of Alaska



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