- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - Four people were arrested in Kodiak early Sunday after police said they found drugs and weapons in their homes.

Kodiak police said they seized an estimated street value of $74,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin, Alaska Dispatch News reported (https://bit.ly/1OMZBJf ). The police served search warrants on three homes Sunday with support from the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard, according to a statement from the department.

Officials seized 120 grams of heroin, 146 grams of methamphetamine and more than $23,000 in cash from the homes. They also found nine guns, including a sawed-off shotgun and an “armor piercing” assault pistol, according to the statement.

The most recent annual drug report from Alaska State Troopers said that Kodiak police reported seizing more methamphetamine than any other drug.

Heroin is now as prevalent as meth, if not more common, said Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace.

Heroin “is the replacement for pills,” she said, explaining that doctors are being more judicious in giving out painkiller prescriptions.

Police are still working on stemming the flow of drugs to the island community, said Wallace.

“I’d say it remains a big problem. I feel we do make strides in our investigations,” Wallace said. “However, it’s such an issue, not just in Kodiak but all over Alaska and down in the Lower 48, that once we make arrests somebody else quickly replaces those individuals.”

The two men and two women arrested Sunday face felony drug and weapon charges. The men are ages 27 and 36 and the women are 33 and 36.

Wallace said some of them have had previous run-ins with police over drugs.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com


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