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Indictments unsealed late last week give more details on allegations of drug trafficking in Kodiak.

Chris Arndt, 38, and James Gerrity, 30, face one count each of conspiracy “to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.”

A Thursday press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska indicated that Gerrity had yet to be apprehended by law enforcement. He was still not listed as in custody in the state of Alaska as of Monday afternoon. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh said Thursday that Gerrity is not believed to be in Kodiak or Alaska. 

Arndt faces two additional charges with another co-defendant, 42-year-old Leigh Ann Massengill. Arndt and Massengill are charged with conspiring together to distribute methamphetamine and launder money.

The two face one count each of conspiring together to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count each of conspiring together to conduct and conceal financial transactions involving the proceeds from drug distribution.

The two also face one count each of money laundering conspiracy. 

Arndt, who also faces fives solo counts of distribution of methamphetamine, was formerly the owner of Royal Baron Pizza. As of Monday morning, he was listed as in custody at Anchorage Jail.

Massengill also faces two solo counts of distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one for alleged distribution on Jan.24 and the second for alleged distribution on March 17.

Massengill was listed on Monday morning as in custody at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.

As previously reported, Santos Lopez faces four counts of distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine. He was listed as in custody at Anchorage Jail on Monday morning.

The four recent arrests are the latest from an investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement. Four others also face charges.

Ann Vega, 40, was indicted in November 2016 on one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin and 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. 

According to the indictment, the alleged offense occurred on Nov. 11, 2016.

Wahyu “Kodiak Mike” Sanjoyo, 36, was indicted in March on one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin on Feb. 28, 2017.

He faces two counts of possession of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking on Sept. 27, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017, and four counts of distribution of controlled substances for alleged distribution of methamphetamine on July 11, July 19 and Sept. 15, 2016 and alleged distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana on Jan. 11, 2017.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Sanjoyo by a special agent with U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services, a search of Sanjoyo’s residence allegedly uncovered 442.8 grams of methamphetamine, 420.7 grams of heroin and 161.6 grams of cocaine. 

In an interview following the search, Sanjoyo allegedly admitted to selling methamphetamine and heroin and discharging firearms to frighten a rival drug dealer. 

Sanjoyo was listed as in custody at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility on Monday morning. 

Jose Alberto “Bird” Rodriguez, 30, was indicted in March on one count of attempted possession of with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to deliver a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

According to a complaint filed by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement in March seized a package addressed to a Kodiak post office box that was allegedly found to contain 113.8 gross grams of a substance that was “tested and presumed to be positive for methamphetamine.”

The substance was replaced with sham methamphetamine and delivered to the post office box, where it was allegedly later picked up by Rodriguez. Law enforcement later conducted a traffic stop on Rodriguez and the sham methamphetamine was allegedly found on the floor board near where Rodriguez sat in the vehicle, according to the complaint. 

Witnesses allegedly told law enforcement that Rodriguez was known to sell narcotics from his home on Larch Street. A search of that residence allegedly uncovered drug paraphernalia and approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine.

On Monday morning, Rodriguez was listed as in custody at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility.

Nathan Gambrell, 44, also known as Nathan Eddy, faces one count of felon in possession of a firearm. 

He was listed on Monday morning as in custody at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility.

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