(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Drug arrest made in Skagway

Police say a suspicious package was intercepted.

An Arizona man was arrested on drug charges after a bust in Skagway, according to authorities.

David Patterson, 25, was arrested Wednesday on charges of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, according to Skagway Police Department, which announced the arrest in cooperation with the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs Task Force.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, SEACAD intercepted a suspicious parcel that was on its way to Skagway from Arizona, according to police. After executing a search warrant, police say it was determined the package contained 29 grams of cocaine and 59 grams of psilocybin mushrooms.

Wednesday, Skagway Police Department officers delivered the package to a PO box in Skagway, according to police, and it was picked up by a 25-year-old man, who was identified as Patterson and took the parcel to a residence on Dyea Road.

After the package was opened, police arrested the suspect, and he was taken to jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19, in Haines, according to the Alaska Court System.

Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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