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Authorities make dent in local drug trafficking


Local, state and federal authorities seized during the past year more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of controlled substances, cash and firearms related to the importation of narcotics into Petersburg.

The Southeast Alaska Cities against Drugs Task Force, or SEACAD, works with multiple police agencies as well as the United States Postal Inspection Service.

According to a Petersburg Borough Police Department press release, investigators seized more than $30,000 in cash and firearms.

“Investigators also seized controlled substances including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, hashish, marijuana and prescription medication with a combined street value of more than $250,000,” the press release states.

A large part of this year’s efforts is thanks to Petersburg residents who have utilized various tip lines.

A local undercover investigator said efforts to control illegal drug importation is like a “rollercoaster” but that activity is currently on the decline.

“Our efforts and the town’s efforts are definitely pushing back against that,” the source said.

No statistics for prior years were provided in time for this week’s deadline.

Local and federal agencies have targeted local and national drug traffickers.


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