A Juneau woman was arrested on a drug-related charge, after police found more than 6,000 pills, believed to contain fentanyl, inside a vehicle she was driving after she was stopped for a traffic violation, police say.
Early Saturday morning, Autumn Shaleah Baldwin, 28, of Juneau was arrested on one charge of second-degree misconduct involving controlled substance, a class A felony, and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, according to the Juneau Police Department.
Under state statute, class A felonies are punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment.
According to JPD spokesperson Lt. Krag Campbell, the arrest came after police stopped the black Chevrolet Equinox Baldwin was driving at the time, after she failed to use her turn signal.
Campbell said he could not share specific information about what led to the investigation of the vehicle after the initial traffic stop, though shared that police found probable cause to show that Baldwin was in possession of the pills, which police say have an estimated value of approximately $152,000.
Balwin has been arrested on drug-related charges in the past, according to court records.
Campbell said two passengers who were in the car Baldwin was driving were not arrested or charged in relation to Baldwin’s arrest.
An arraignment is scheduled for Baldwin on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Alaska Court System. A preliminary hearing set for later that day was vacated.
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