Update: Saturday, Feb. 14


A third inmate at Goose Creek Correctional Center has been charged in the attempted drug smuggling incident, troopers say. This is the fourth person AST has named in the incident, after an Anchorage woman was arrested Wednesday for trying to sneak methamphetamine and heroin into the Wasilla facility.


Further investigation by troopers revealed that 27-year-old Kyle Hansen was the person “responsible for gathering money into a bank account using a contact outside the jail system,” according to an AST dispatch posted Saturday. The funds were then transferred to Maka and withdrawn in order to purchase the heroin and meth in Anchorage.


Authorities seized more than $2,600 from the bank account used to purchase the drugs. Hansen was also taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $20,000 bail.


Update: Friday, Feb. 13


Two inmates have been charged in connection with the attempted drug smuggling, Alaska State Troopers say.


Tautua Mavaega, 25, and Aaron Aasa, 30, were charged with conspiracy to commit second- and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and for attempted promoting contraband, according to a Friday AST dispatch.


Current inmates at Goose Creek Correctional Center, Mavaega and Aasa were taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. Mavaega was given an additional $5,000 bail and Aasa was given an added $25,000.


Original story


A 25-year-old Anchorage woman was arrested Wednesday after she tried to sneak methamphetamine and heroin into the Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers say.


Gwendoline Maka was found with 26.32 grams of heroin and 8 grams of meth while on her way to the correctional center to visit an inmate, according to an online dispatch from troopers. The estimated street value of the drugs is $9,400.


She was arrested for second-, third- and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and for promoting contraband. Maka was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $25,000 bail.


An investigation into the incident is ongoing, troopers say.