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Meth and heroin smuggling leads to arrest


August 17, 2016
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - A Washington man was arrested at the Ketchikan International Airport by the Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Ketchikan for two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony.

Zerisenay Gebregiorgis, age 34, was arrested Saturday (August 13th) at approximately 6:30 PM as the result of a joint investigation between the Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Police Department Drug Unit, which revealed that Gebregiorgis was conspiring with other people to smuggle large amounts of meth and heroin into Ketchikan and into other Southeast Alaska communities.

Officers from the Alaska State Troopers Ketchikan Post and the US Forest Service assisted with Gebregiorgis’ arrest.

After his arrest, Gebregiorgis was remanded at the Ketchikan Correctional Center without bail.

Gebregiorgis was arraigned on August 17, 2016 with the Initial Charging Document Filed. A Representation Hearing is scheduled for August 22, 2015, and the Preliminary Hearing is scheduled for August 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Courtroom 406, at the Ketchikan Courthouse.

No further details regarding this investigation are available at this time.




Reporting & Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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Alaska Department of Public Safety



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