Operation Summer Heat takes $1.5M of drugs off Anchorage streets
Dozens of alleged criminals were swept up in a sting Anchorage police are calling "Operation Summer Heat." More than 40 people were arrested and over six pounds of drugs, worth about $1.5 million, were taken off the streets during the two-day operation.
The sting started on July 10, according to a community alert from the Anchorage Police Department. More than 100 people from local, state and federal agencies worked to arrest who police are calling violent criminals in and around the municipality.
Those agencies include the Alaska State Troopers; FBI; U.S. Marshal Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions; Department of Homeland Security; Alaska Department of Corrections and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program (HIDTA).
Officers confiscated 11 firearms, including one that was stolen, and five stolen vehicles. They handed out more than 30 felony and misdemeanor charges and issued more than 30 warrants.
Police say they were also able to collect cash during the operation — over $3,000.
The biggest bust was the amount of drugs police were able to take off the streets. They found drugs from small-scale street dealers to larger shipments coming in from the airport.
"You know, it does highlight the drug problem within Anchorage. With the amount of drugs total we seized — about six pounds of drugs in just a two-day period — I think it signifies that," said Lt. Jack Carson, the commander of the operation. "And that's why drugs are and will continue to be a major focus of the Anchorage Police Department. And that's why we are heading with our partnership into the HIDTA and with all of our federal and state partners on that. It will continue to be a focus for all of us."
Heroin was the main drug police were able to confiscate, but APD officers also found methamphetamine and marijuana. Police seized close to five pounds of heroin, which would have been 27,000 individual doses.
Police say the operation was a success, thanks in part to concerned citizens. Officers went to problem areas, both businesses and neighborhoods, that people had previously called about.
Below are the preliminary results of the operation:
Heroin: 4.8 pounds
Methamphetamine: 0.97 pounds
Marijuana: 0.75 pounds
Firearms: 11 (1 stolen)
Stolen Vehicles: 5
Felony Charges: 21
Misdemeanor Charges: 12
Felony Warrants: 19
Misdemeanor Warrants: 12
Police say investigations from the sweep are ongoing and more arrests are possible. One person, identified as 27-year-old Tommie L. Snyder, is still at-large.
The community can expect to see similar operations in the future as part of APD's crime suppression efforts, police say.
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