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Three indicted for attempting to smuggle marijuana to village

Casey Grove

A grand jury on Friday indicted three Anchorage women for allegedly trying to fly more than a half-pound of marijuana to Mountain Village in Western Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Nina M. Joe, 20, Pamela F. Cano, 25, and April L. Walters, 27, face felony drug charges, according to court records. A trooper and his drug dog caught the three, all of whom have family connections to the village, with nine ounces of marijuana at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, troopers said in a written statement posted online.

A tipster told investigators that Joe would be flying from Anchorage to Mountain Village with the marijuana, troopers said. A trooper made contact with Joe at the airport and seized one of her checked bags, troopers said. A drug dog, K9 Duncan, indicated there were drugs inside the bag, and, after getting a search warrant, the trooper found the marijuana inside, troopers said.

It's unclear from the trooper statement why all three women were indicted. The grand jury proceedings, which are not public, included witness testimony, troopers said.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.


By CASEY GROVE
casey.grove@adn.com