A Juneau man was arrested for possession of drugs in Harris Harbor on Monday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

A Juneau man was arrested for possession of drugs in Harris Harbor on Monday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Juneau man arrested at harbor for drug possession

Law enforcement personnel waited till the man picked up the package before arresting him.

A Juneau man was arrested in Harris Harbor on Monday and charged in a counter-drug operation, police say.

Luis Guillermo Arce, 55, was detained by a counter-drug task force that had been monitoring a suspicious package, according to a Juneau Police Department news release.

The package, sent to Juneau from Arizona, was identified as suspicious on May 31 by members of the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force, according to police.

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A warrant to open the package was sought and obtained, and it was found to contain 134 grams of methamphetamine, 40 grams of heroin and 264 grams of counterfeit oxycodone, according to police, with a Juneau street value of more than $100,000.

On Monday, members of the task force delivered the package to its destination, a PO box. The package was collected by Arce and taken to a boat in Harris Harbor, according to police. Arce was detained after opening the package and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Arce was changed with two counts of felony second-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, felony third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and felony third-degree criminal mischief. The maximum sentence for these charges is up to 55 years imprisonment.

JPD Lt. Krag Campbell didn’t attribute the buststo anything in particular, saying sometimes law enforcement organizations just got lucky. The bust comes on the heels of two other major drug seizures this spring, including on at Juneau International Airport on Saturday and another at the airport just over a month ago.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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