This photo shows pills police say were seized after a suspicious package was searched. (Juneau Police Department)

This photo shows pills police say were seized after a suspicious package was searched. (Juneau Police Department)

Police: 1,000 fentanyl pills, 86 grams of meth seized

Juneau man arrested on felony charges.

A Juneau man was arrested on drug-related charges, police say, after members of an anti-drug task force found 1,000 pills believed to contain fentanyl and 86 grams of methamphetamine in a suspicious package last week.

On Friday, Anthony Lynn Byford, 46, of Juneau was arrested on two charges of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, with one charge being a Class B felony and the other a Class C felony, according to Juneau Police Department.

The arrest came after members of Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force last Thursday located a suspicious package being shipped to Juneau in the mail, according to police. After authorities obtained a warrant and searched the package, drugs with an estimated value of $49,000 —including round, blue pills believed to contain fentanyl —were discovered.

Task force members delivered the package to its intended destination, a residence in the 4200 block of Ptarmigan Street, and later searched the residence, according to JPD. At that time, Byford fled on foot before being detained.

During a search of the residence, task force members found additional unspecified controlled substances and a pistol.

Byford was arrested and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, and a preliminary hearing related to the case is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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