Barrow drug raids net quarter-pound of cocaine

Tegan Hanlon

North Slope Borough police seized cocaine, beer and drug paraphernalia from two Barrow homes this week as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal bootlegging and drug running to the North Slope, the department said.

Police served a search warrant Tuesday at 145 Apayauk St., the home of 62-year-old Zoran Antoski and 55-year-old Barbara Pace, said a statement from the department. Officers seized 18 bottles and cans of beer, $16,670 in cash, cellphones, various items of drug paraphernalia and more than a quarter pound of cocaine worth $50,430.

Antoski is being held for violating probation conditions, according to the police statement, but anticipate "that upon the completion of this investigation" Antonski will be charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $50,000.

The next day, police searched the home of 31-year-old Veda Broyles-Sovalik and 24-year-old Leon Wayne Matthews, the statement said. At 1882 Momegana St., police seized 48 bottles and cans of beer, $895 in cash, cellphones, 8 spoons that police believe were used for cooking cocaine, 28 hypodermic needles and more than a gram of cocaine -- worth $300.

Broyles-Sovalik and Matthews were arrested on suspicion of misconduct involving a controlled substance, felonies, and violating condition of release, misdemeanors.

Barrow is a "damp" community, meaning it's illegal to buy alcohol in town, but eligible permit holders can order it through a city-run distribution center.

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