From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #AK23040318
On 04/25/2023, at about 9:30 p.m., members of the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs (SEACAD) task force, contacted 29-year-old Haines resident Blake David Ward, at the Juneau International Airport, as he exited the plane. SEACAD officers contacted Ward on the suspicion of transporting controlled substances from Washington State, through Juneau, with his final destination being Haines.
During the investigation, SEACAD officers located the following controlled substances in Ward's luggage;
- 25.11 grams of fentanyl powder
- 13.41 grams of methamphetamine
- 1.11 grams of cocaine
Ward was placed under arrest for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree, a class A felony, and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, a class B felony; he was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
The seized narcotics have an estimated street value of approximately $27,000.
SEACAD, Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs, is a regional task force 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.