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Parnell names acting Public Safety commissioner

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed the director of the Alaska State Troopers as acting Public Safety commissioner. Col. Keith Mallard will take over for Joe Masters, who last month announced his resignation after five years as commissioner.

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Seminar warns of meth wave

Southeast Alaska has become a new theater in the war on drugs in recent years, forcing local and state law enforcement to fight a growing insurgency.
Labs seizures down, but meth still a problem

FAIRBANKS - A member of an Alaska task force on methamphetamine said the number of illegal manufacturing lab seizures has fallen in three years but the drug remains a problem.
Pot bust yields more than 600 plants

FAIRBANKS - Two men have been charged with growing and harvesting hundreds of marijuana plants in rural interior Alaska, according to state prosecutors.
Prosecutors file more charges in mine pot bust

FAIRBANKS - An elaborate marijuana growing operation at a gold mine near Manley may have been around for more than 20 years, according to prosecutors.
Mom accused of giving girl drug to sell

...Erica Durham was charged with felony drugs misconduct and a magistrate set her bail at $25,000. The Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement began investigating the 40-year-old last week, when she allegedly sold Adderall and Sudafed pills...
2 Southeast residents charged with violating Marine Mammal Protection Act

Two Southeast and Southcentral Alaska residents have been charged with illegally transporting, possessing and selling marine animals. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska said in a release that Raymond P.
Report: Heroin, prescription drug seizures on the rise

Prescription drug and heroin seizures by the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement rose significantly in 2008, according to an annual report by the Alaska State Troopers.


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