Juneau police arrest man for weapons misconduct, possession of drugs

The man was located Wednesday morning with heroin and methamphetamine.

The Juneau Police Department arrested a man early Wednesday morning for multiple felony controlled substance and misconduct involving weapons charges, JPD said. Patrick Hal Iler, 36, was located downtown at 3:09 a.m. Wednesday and arrested, stemming from an incident nearly a week ago, said Lt. Krag Campbell of JPD in a release.

On Feb. 27, employees at a business on the 9000 block of Glacier Avenue confronted Iler and asked him to empty his pockets, over suspicions of shoplifting. Campbell said that while the suspicions of shoplifting were unconfirmed, Iler did have a firearm. After employees asked him to leave the store, they contacted JPD.

A check on Iler showed that his status as a felon meant that he legally shouldn’t be in possession of a firearm, and JPD officers encountered him two days later. They questioned Iler about the firearm, but released him, as he didn’t have a firearm on him at the time. They seized the vehicle he was in at the time, a blue Chevy pickup, Campbell said.

Upon obtaining a warrant to search the vehicle, officers found a handgun with a suppressor, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, as well as a digital scale and drug paraphernalia, Campbell said. A probable cause arrest was authorized after consultation with the district attorney’s office, Campbell said.

Iler was located early Wednesday morning and arrested without incident. He was in possession of a small amount of heroin and a larger quantity of meth, Campbell said. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held without bail.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757.621.1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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