ANCHORAGE - Three people were arrested at Ted Stevens International Airport on Thursday morning after attempting to smuggle 313 grams of heroin into Alaska, according to an online dispatch by Alaska State Troopers.
The arrests come as a result of an investigation by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit that began in February. Investigators identified 53-year-old Oregon resident Rodney J. Anderson as a suspect involved in trafficking heroin from Portland to Alaska, troopers wrote in the dispatch.
At around 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, authorities contacted Anderson at the Anchorage airport as he was disembarking from a commercial flight. He was travelling with two other people identified as 28-year-old Palmer resident Alyssa Dallmann and 39-year-old Oregon resident Joshua Martin.
“They were subsequently identified as couriers employed and paid by Anderson to smuggle heroin concealed in their body cavities into Alaska,” troopers wrote. “The three of them were found to be in possession of 313 grams of heroin.”
According to troopers, the investigation revealed that Anderson and his co-conspirators smuggled more than 11 pounds of heroin into Alaska over a one year period. The amount equates to about 50,000 individual doses and has a street value of over $1 million, troopers say.
All three individuals were arrested and charged with second degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Anderson is being held on a $100,000 bail while Dallman’s bail was set at $10,000 and Martin’s at $50,000. They are currently being housed at the Anchorage Jail, troopers say.
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