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North Slope police intercept thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, marijuana

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:01 AM October 28, 2013

Banned substances destined for Kaktovik, Barrow and Nuiqsut.

ANCHORAGE – North Slope Borough police said they’ve intercepted more than $33,000 worth of alcohol and marijuana bound for Alaskan villages over the past three days.

Friday, detectives seized six bottles of rum from 32-year-old Kristine Bennett, who was traveling from Fairbanks to the village of Nuiqsut. The 750 ml bottles had a total estimated street value of $1,200, and a release from the North Slope Borough Police Department stated the arrest came as part of an ongoing investigation into drug and alcohol trafficking in the area.

Bennett is charged with violating the Importation of Alcoholic Beverages into a Local Opinion Area statute, and faces up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Borough police say they also seized more than a dozen bottles of beer and cider and more than a pound of marijuana in two seperate cases Monday.

Edward and Marie Rexford, 55 and 50, were charged under the same importation statute after attempting to bring 14 12 ounce bottles of assorted beers and ciders from Fairbanks to Kaktovik. Percy Nusunginya, 72, faces felony charges after police stopped him en route from Anchorage to Barrow carrying 478 grams of marijuana.

Police said the Rexford’s alcohol had an estimated street value of $350, while the marijuana was valued at nearly $32,000. Nusunginya also carried $24,000 in cash, police said.

If convicted, Nusunginya faces up to five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

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