An Anchorage man faces federal drug charges, after authorities seized a kilogram of heroin – potentially worth $1 million in Alaska – sent to a local home camouflaged as a toy shipment.

Federal court records show Darron Sanders, 38, charged with one count of attempting to possess 100 grams or more of heroin after last week's arrest.

According to a criminal complaint against Sanders, filed by U.S. Postal Service inspector Andrew Grow, a narcotics dog alerted Jan. 30 while examining a Priority Mail Express package sent from Los Angeles to an Indiana Street address in Anchorage. After obtaining a search warrant for the box, investigators opened it and found “packing peanuts, a pair of shoes, a small toy motorcycle, and a plastic toy King Kong.”

“Inside the toy King Kong were three separate bundles; each bundle was covered with multiple layers of dryer sheets, carbon paper, and Saran wrap,” Grow wrote. “The contents of the bundles was approximately 1,009.67 gross grams of a hard, dark-colored substance which field-tested positive for heroin.”

The next day agents monitored the delivery of the package, within which most of the heroin was replaced by an electronic tracking device. An undercover postal inspector gave the package to Sanders.

“As law enforcement officers were making their approach to the front door of the residence they observed Sanders attempting to leave the residence with the [marked package],” wrote. “When Sanders saw law enforcement, he ran back inside of his residence, and went upstairs.”

Officers entering the home immediately detained one person, then took Sanders into custody when he obeyed orders to come downstairs a few minute later.

A separate state reckless-driving case involving Sanders became a flashpoint in Palmer court last year, after he didn’t pass an urine analysis test but didn’t suffer any immediate consequences from the state Pretrial Enforcement Division.

Anchorage-based FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said the Anchorage street price of heroin is about $1,500 per ounce, which works out to nearly $53 per gram – or about $53,400 for the seized shipment.

State officials say heroin can command high prices in Alaska, especially when supplies are limited. Those figures can reach $500 to $600 per gram in Alaska prisons, or $800 to $1,000 per gram in remote areas of the state.

A statewide inmate database showed Sanders in custody Friday at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

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