Members of an antidrug taskforce arrested two people on Tuesday suspected of drug trafficking, with one suspect later proving to be concealing heroin internally. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Members of an antidrug taskforce arrested two people on Tuesday suspected of drug trafficking, with one suspect later proving to be concealing heroin internally. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Police say drugs were found inside suspect arrested at airport

The suspect had more than 100 grams of heroin removed, according to police.

Additional drugs were found inside a suspect following their arrest on drug charges Tuesday at Juneau International Airport, according to Juneau Police Department.

Stephanie Seminara, 29, who was arrested on charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, was taken from Lemon Creek Correctional Center to Bartlett Regional Hospital after police suspected additional drugs were being carried inside of the suspect, according to police.

[Two arrested at airport]

At the hospital objects containing 102.7 grams of heroin were removed from inside the suspect, according to police, an estimated value of approximately $23,000. Seminara was returned to LCCC. JPD Lt. Krag Campbell said he could not comment further on her medical status.

“At this time, there are no other charges for the additional heroin, but that could change at a later time,” Campbell said in an email.

Seminara and Dustin West Daley, 37, both of Washington state were arrested based on a tip to the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force from a community member about Daley being possibly connected to drug activity, Campbell said.

Elsewhere in the state

Another SEACAD task force tracking a suspect package arrested four Southeast residents in Klawock on Wednesday, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Law enforcement officials arrested Cicely Tupou, 39, of Craig; Shanteh Carle, 43, of Hydaburg; and Donald Yates, 44, of Klawock for felony second- and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Alva Peratrovich, 40, of Hydaburg was also arrested for a probation violation, according to the safety department. All four were taken to the Craig jail.

Investigators reported seizing 2,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills and 453 grams of methamphetamine, which has a combined street value of $267,900 for Prince of Wales, according to the safety department.

“Disrupting the sale, trafficking, and distribution of illegal narcotics in Alaska is a top priority of the State of Alaska, Alaska Department of Public Safety, and our many law enforcement partners across the state,” said Alaska State Troopers director Col. Bryan Barlow in a news release. “Illegal narcotics, especially fentanyl, have a widespread negative impact on Alaskans in every corner of our state. We are committed to doing our part to change that.”

The Anchorage Airport Interdiction Team, another antidrug task force, identified a suspect package on Tuesday, according to the saferty department. After identifying people of interest associated with the package and securing a warrant, investigators arrested three at a Wasilla residence.

Tyrone Hampton, 40, of California and Charles Holyfield, 37, of Arizona were both arrested for felony second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Lawrence McGirt II, 24, of California was arrested for a number of California warrants, said the news release. All of the suspects were taken to the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility.

Law enforcement personnel reported seizing 2,700 counterfeit fentanyl pills, with a reported street value of $100,000 in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

Drug taskforces across the state have seized nearly 2,000 pills containing fentanyl and more than 1,000 grams of fentanyl since the beginning of the year, according to the news release.

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

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