WAANT, Police and FBI Serve Search Warrants in Bethel Drug, Alcohol Cases

waantAlaska State Troopers report that they are continuing their months-long investigation and evaluating evidence gathered with search warrants carried out on Tuesday, regarding drug and alcohol sales by taxi cab companies in Bethel.

In December, the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team began receiving complaints from Bethel residents reporting drug and alcohol sales being conducted by cab drivers in the community.

On Tuesday, the Bethel Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Village Public Safety Officer Program and the Office of Special Prosecutions simultaneously executed multiple search warrants at over a dozen different locations in the city.

Additional information in the on-going investigation will not be released to the public, troopers say, but, additional information will be released as the investigation develops.

AST said that they could not have conducted this investigation without the help of concerned citizens who voiced their concerns. WAANT is encouraging the public to come forward with additional information in drug and alcohol sales in western Alaska and stated in the trooper dispatch, “While it may take significant time for an investigation to be made public, WAANT wishes to assure the community that its concerns are being heard and investigated.”[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]