Ketchikan police seize heroin in week of busts

KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- Ketchikan police arrested three people in drug investigations last week.

Police on Wednesday seized 40.4 grams of heroin, worth about $33,000, from the home of 34-year-old Khuong "Chino" Tran.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports police on the same day seized 23 grams of heroin valued at about $20,000 from the home of 42-year-old Don "Aaron" Wright plus $4,500 in cash.

Police Sgt. Andy Berntson says heroin grew in popularity locally as pharmacy companies made the prescription opiate Oxycontin harder to abuse.

Police served a search warrant Oct. 1 at the home of 30-year-old Danerin Curtindale and seized 3 grams of methamphetamine and an ounce of marijuana. Police obtained the warrant after responding to reports of black bears in garbage and spotting evidence of drug use in the refuse.


Associated Press