Subject: Drug Arrest at Juneau International Airport
Date: 2022-06-08
From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #AK22057008

On 06/07/2022, at about 3:00 p.m., members of the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs (SEACAD) task force, contacted two airline passengers at the Juneau International Airport, who were believed to be carrying narcotics as they travelled from Seattle to Juneau. The passengers, 26-year-old Juneau resident, Ryan Timothy Lee and 21-year-old Juneau resident, Cole Jacob Ripley, were contacted as they exited the plane.

Following the investigation, officers located the following narcotics in Lee and Ripley's possession;

  • 304.95 grams (approximately 3,050 pills) of counterfeit oxycodone, believed to contain fentanyl
  • 68.78 grams of methamphetamine

The seized narcotics have an estimated street value of approximately $103,000.

Lee and Ripley were placed under arrest and taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held on the following charges;

  • Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree, a class A felony
  • Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, a class B felony

SEACAD, Southeast Alaska Cities against Drugs, is a regional taskforce comprised of municipal police departments from Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines, Skagway, Petersburg, Hoonah, Wrangell, Craig and Yakutat, the Alaska State Troopers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Coast Guard Investigative Service. Together, they work to investigate drug importation and distribution in the Southeast Alaska region.

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.