A 20-year-old Wasilla man has been charged with dealing heroin and methamphetamine to teenagers, authorities said.
On Thursday, Alaska State Troopers arrested Clay Katzmarek at his home on suspicion of multiple felony drug charges and violating conditions of release. Katzmarek was indicted in January on a drug possession charge and was out on bail, court records show.
An investigation by troopers determined that Katzmarek had provided heroin to "at least three but up to six juveniles" between the ages of 15 and 17, according to a sworn statement filed in Palmer District Court by Alaska State Trooper Shayne Calt.
On Feb. 14, troopers received a report that Katzmarek had given heroin and meth "multiple times" to a 17-year-old girl, Calt said in the statement. The investigator met with the girl and her mother at the Wasilla Police Department on Feb. 18, and the girl said Katzmarek gave her heroin and meth about seven times, from September until the end of January, and never charged her, Calt wrote.
From text messages and Katzmarek's social media account, Calt wrote, he identified five other victims, ages 15 to 17, who Katzmarek "either offered drugs to and/or provided drugs to, either directly or by arranging a deal through his drug associates."
Katzmarek faces a total of 14 counts of first-, second- and third-degree controlled substance misconduct charges, in addition to one count of violating conditions of release. He is being held at Mat-Su Pretrial facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Investigation into additional victims and suspects is ongoing, troopers said.
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By DEVIN KELLY