- Associated Press - Sunday, September 17, 2017

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - A grand injury has indicted a 26-year-old man who Ketchikan police have said they found with more than $50,000 worth of heroin.

Frederick D. Lauth III pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Thursday Ketchikan Superior Court, the Ketchikan Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/2fcI6LZ ).

Police arrested Lauth Sept. 9 and said they found him with 55 grams (2 ounces) of heroin inside a Ketchikan hotel room. A woman, a toddler and a one-month-old infant were also in the hotel room, police said.

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Officials also said they found 5.6 grams (0.2 ounces) of cocaine, 2.6 grams (0.1 ounces) of methamphetamine and about $25,000 in cash in the hotel room.

Ketchikan Police Department Sgt. Andy Berntson described the arrest as significant for Ketchikan, a city of about 8,000 people in Alaska’s southeastern Panhandle.

“I would say if we could get this a couple times a year we feel pretty good about getting that much (heroin) off the street,” Berntson said.

Officials estimated they removed more than 500 doses of heroin that could have been sold in the area.

Lauth’s trial is scheduled for Dec. 12.


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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