An Anchorage man is facing federal drug charges for having 166 grams of methamphetamine with the intention of distributing it.

According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, the Anchorage Police Department was trying to arrest 23-year-old Gian Pangilinan on a state warrant on Tuesday.

Officers saw him get into a red suburban driven by a man who was later identified as Hans Wells. APD tried to stop the vehicle at a gas station on Bragaw Street, but the suburban drove off; police last saw it heading west on Northern Lights Boulevard.

The two men ditched the car and it was found later by APD officers in an empty parking lot near Fireweed Lane and the Seward Highway.

Surveillance video from a restaurant shows Pangilinan going into a Fireweed Lane address, then leaving about an hour later and getting into a white Chevrolet Tahoe at around 7 p.m., the complaint states.

Three hours later, Pangilinan was seen getting into the passenger seat of a red Honda CRV that headed south from a Penland Parkway address.

Around the same time, APD saw Wells, who had been with Pangilinan in the later-abandoned red suburban, leave the same Penland Parkway address and walk east toward Burger King. He then approached a white Cadillac Escalade where Pangilinan was standing in the driver side door. 

APD approached Pangilinan, but he ran and tried to throw away several items while he did. Those items tested positive for methamphetamine in field tests and were later found to weigh 166 grams, an amount that the criminal complaint says is consistent with distribution rather than personal use.

Officers caught up to Pangilinan and arrested him on the state warrant. Online court records show he currently has six open state cases.

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