More Arrests in Meth and Heroin Smuggling Case
August 17, 2016
Further investigation revealed that Gebregiorgis had sent an unidentified female courier with meth and heroin concealed inside of her to Sitka, the next step in the investigation was to identify and locate this person.
Alaska State Troopers announced Thursday, that the female courier was identified on 08/16/16, as Shammar Lynn Ferguson, age 32 of Washington State. The Sitka Police Department located Ferguson at the Sitka residence of Larry Johnson Jr, age 41 of Sitka, and Evelyn Calhoun, age 29 of Sitka.
Ferguson, Johnson, and Calhoun were all arrested and remanded at the Sitka jail for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree after investigation revealed that Ferguson had internally smuggled both meth and heroin from Washington to Sitka on behalf of Gebregiorgis.
According to the Alaska State Trooper's Dispatch, the meth and heroin were then transferred by Ferguson to Johnson and Calhoun for the purpose of the drugs being sold with Gebregiorgis receiving a predetermined amount of money in return.
At arraignment, the Sitka Court ordered that Ferguson be held on $90,000 bail, that Johnson be held of $35,000 bail, and that Calhoun be held on $35,000 bail.
Zerisenay Gebregiorgis was first arrested 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 allegedly conspiring with other people to smuggle large amounts of meth and heroin into Ketchikan and into other Southeast Alaska communities.
Gebregiorgis was arrested on August 13th, 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. The Ketchikan Court ordered that Gebregiorgis held on $5,000 bail. That same day, at approximately 10:30 AM, after making bail, Gebregiorgis was again arrested and remanded at the Ketchikan Correctional Center for a new charge of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree related to the further investigation of meth and heroin being smuggled into Sitka. On the new charge, the Ketchikan Court ordered that Gebregiorgis be held on $15,000 bail.
No further information has been released at this time.
Reporting & Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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