From KTUU: About 10 residents of the Southwestern Alaska community of Sand Point met a man they say is a drug dealer as he got off a flight from Anchorage on Tuesday, then bought him a PenAir ticket back to Anchorage before he could leave the terminal.
According to Sand Point Police Department officer Michael Livingston, who witnessed the exchange, police couldn't confirm locals' identification of the man as he was not charged with a crime. The man does have a history in the 1,000-person community, which has seen problems with illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth, as well as abuse of prescription drugs.
"Typically, what happens is a drug dealer flies into Sand Point with, say, 1,000 Percocet (oxycodone pain pills) and he has a runner sell them for 150 bucks apiece," Livingston said. "And within a couple weeks, he's leaving town with about $150,000 cash."
Livingston was at the airport to transfer a suspect in an unrelated case onto the PenAir flight to Anchorage. While he was present as a police officer, he says, his primary role was to keep the peace and maintain order.