Hoonah man charged with possession, distribution of 9,000 Tramadol pills
A Hoonah man is facing multiple criminal charges after police seized thousands of Tramadol pills he allegedly tried to traffick across Alaska and the rest of the country.
Nickolas Cakmis, 39, was arraigned in court on Wednesday on charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance, according to the office of Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth.
Charging documents say Cakmis was trafficking 9,000 Tramadol pills across Alaska and through the United States. He then told investigators his source of supply was overseas and he would re-ship the pills throughout the states.
Recently, the Alaska Legislature added Tramadol to the state's controlled substance list, which allows law enforcement the ability to prosecute cases on the state level.
Cakmis faces a maximum sentence of five years, a $50,000 fine, or both.
The Food and Drug Administration classifies Tramadol as a Schedule IV opioid that’s meant to treat moderate or chronic pain. It’s a controlled substance that needs a prescription, and clinics need to keep distribution records.
In October, four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey’s was accused of doping his dogs after they tested positive for the drug following the 1000-mile race in 2017.
On Jan. 9, Seavey sat down with KTVA and questioned the validity of the drug test. He said race officials weren’t giving him enough information, including test results for him to properly defend himself.
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