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Lengthy Drug Trafficking Investigation Results In Federal Indictments


July 24, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - A lengthy joint investigation by officers of the Ketchikan Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, the United States Postal Inspectors Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum (Washington State) Narcotics Task Force resulted in Federal indictments for trafficking in Methamphetamine being returned against Ronn L. Roseberry , 41 years old of Longview, Washington, and part-time Ketchikan resident; Twila J. Davis, 40 years old of Ketchikan; Susan C. McKitrick, 41 years old of Ketchikan; Sabrena M. Vitcovich, 39 years old of Ketchikan (currently on Probation); and 40 year old Betty J. Duvall of Ketchikan.

According to Ketchikan Deputy Police Chief John Maki, on May 12, 2005, acting on confidential information, Ketchikan Police Department officers used Morea, Ketchikan's narcotics detection dog, to investigate a suspicious package. A warrant was subsequently obtained to open the package that contained 5.2 ounces of Methamphetamine.

The investigation revealed that over the last 18 months Roseberry obtained the drugs in Washington State and used the other defendants to distribute the drugs in the Ketchikan area. Statements made indicate that between 15-20 pounds of Methamphetamine were sent to Ketchikan for distribution. The street value of this amount of drugs would equal about 1.3 million dollars, according to information provided by Deputy Chief Maki.

All the defendants except Duvall have prior arrests and convictions for various crimes in Ketchikan. As a result of this case, an additional 3.8 ounces of Methamphetamine with a street value of $16,000 was seized.

All the defendants were arrested without incident and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration flew the defendants from Ketchikan to Juneau on June 24, 2005.

A Federal conviction for Distribution of a Controlled Substance could result in a prison sentence from 10 years to life.

Ketchikan's narcotics detection dog Morea was obtained largely through voluntary donations from area businesses and a service organization and continues to be an asset to the city and to the State of Alaska according to her handler.




Ketchikan Police Department


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