A Department of Corrections officer assigned to Goose Creek Correctional Complex in Wasilla was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.


DOC officials contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this month when they began to suspect one of their officers, 32-year-old Adam Spindler, was distributing drugs to inmates at GCCC, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Richard Fuller.


According to court documents, the FBI and a DOC K-9 team arrived at GCCC on May 23, the same day Spindler was spotted with a “suspected female drug courier.” Spindler was under law enforcement surveillance, which observed him him waiting by his vehicle in the GCCC staff parking lot, watching the K-9 team.


“Spindler was suspicious of the Alaska Department of Corrections K-9 vehicle that was across the parking lot,” Fuller stated in court documents. “Spindler voiced his concern to a fellow [corrections officer] and told [them] that he had some personal use marijuana on him, which Spindler did not want the K-9 to detect.”


The documents state that Spindler gave the unidentified officer a bag, which the officer took off the property. Spindler went into GCCC and was detained, allowing the K-9 team and FBI to search his vehicle, which had no drugs. A search of Spindler also revealed no drugs, but court documents state the officer Spindler spoke with in the parking lot learned of the searches.


“[The officer] had received a call from other GCCC personnel telling [them] the FBI was at GCCC searching Spindler’s vehicle,” Fuller states in the document. “At that time, [the officer] took the bag of marijuana out of [their] pocket to examine it further.”


In the bag, the officer found heroin and marijuana, which they brought back to GCCC and turned over. Court documents state approximately 1.67 grams of heroin was in the bag. There was also .515 grams of marijuana.


In an interview with the FBI following his arrest, Spindler admitted he planned to give the drugs to a GCCC inmate, according to court documents. He also admitted to giving the drugs to the other officer to avoid being caught with drugs by the K-9 team.


KTVA confirmed in a phone call Wednesday to the Anchorage Correctional Complex that Spindler has been booked there.


Tuesday evening, DOC spokesman Corey Allen Young said no further information would be released until a press conference Wednesday morning. The affidavit states Spindler has worked for the DOC since April 2013.


Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Spindler was seen on surveillance footage at his vehicle at Goose Creek Correctional Center. The affidavit states it was law enforcement surveillance that observed Spindler in the staff parking lot. This has since been corrected.