Dutch Harbor man charged with selling heroin, meth in Unalaska
About six months after being caught with heroin at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, a Dutch Harbor man has admitted to selling drugs in Unalaska.
Earlier this year in April, Alexander Jerel Swenton was searched at the airport following a tip from a concerned citizen, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint and arrest warrant signed last week.
The affidavit states a drug detection K-9 sniffed out drugs in Swenton's carry-on luggage. During a search, the Anchorage Airport Interdiction Team found a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun, two used tooters, an empty bag with suspected heroin residue and 11 suspected Xanax pills.
Swenton then voluntarily removed his clothes for airport police to conduct a search and they found a 22.2 grams of heroin in a bag in his underwear.
On Oct. 16, Unalaska Public Safety contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service in Anchorage about recent drug overdoses in Unalaska. Since Oct. 6, the affidavit states there have been four overdoses with one resulting in a death.
The next day, USPIS and Coast Guard Investigative Services went to Unalaska to investigate the overdoses. They interviewed someone who said they had bought heroin from Swenton at least fifteen times in the past.
During a search of Swenton's home on Oct. 24, investigators found the following:
- 2.1 grams of of a black-brown substance, which tested positive for heroin;
- 1.3 grams of of white powder, which Swenton said was "china white heroin;"
- 8 grams of a white crystalline substance, which tested positive for meth;
- 5 grams of suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms;
- Miscellaneous pills, suspected to be tramadol, Xanax and suboxone;
- Suboxone strips
Authorities also found a scale with residue consistent with heroin, baggies, documents showing large money transfers, shipping labels and $3,500.
Swenton was taken into custody and questioned. He admitted to selling heroin in Unalaska and organizing shipments through cargo and the United States Postal Service.
Swenton also said the money found in his home was from the sale of narcotics and confessed to selling heroin to the person authorities interviewed previously. The affidavit states that person has no prior felonies or violent crimes in their criminal history and is cooperating with officials.
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