It began on Wednesday morning when Alaska State Trooper Eric Olsen pulled over Dylan Froehlich, 20, for reportedly going 54 mph in a 45 mph zone on Rezanof near Sharatin Road Drive at 8:15 a.m., a sworn statement from Olsen said.
When Olsen asked for Froehlich’s license, registration and proof of insurance, Froehlich said that he did not have a license because it had been revoked, according to the charging document. Froehlich’s passenger, Nikki Jo Campbell, had a valid driver’s license but Froehlich said she was not driving because she could not drive a stick shift and he was helping her move out of her house.
While searching Froehlich for weapons, Olsen found a marijuana pipe with what appeared to be marijuana in it and tweezers with burned ends, apparently used for holding drugs while burning them or scraping drug paraphernalia, according to the charging document.
Drug possession and driving with his license revoked meant Froehlich would also be violating his conditions of release. He also had a warrant out for his arrest because he had not appeared in court on another charge of driving without a valid license.
Olsen arrested Froehlich for the warrant, searched the vehicle and reportedly found a plastic tooter straw, apparently used to snort drugs, in the center console, according to the charging document.
Campbell was found to be in possession of meth, heroin and Suboxone, a prescription drug used to wean off addicts from heroin and opiates but often abused by addicts. He was then arrested.
Both Campbell and Froehlich were taken to the Kodiak jail, where jail staff found what appeared to be methamphetamine in a plastic bag inside the cigarette pack, which had been in Froehlich’s pocket.
Jail staff tested both substances found on Froehlich and confirmed they were marijuana and meth.
Froehlich said he had found the cigarettes in the car and that the meth wasn’t his.
Froehlich was charged of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree and sixth degree and one count of violating conditions of release.
Campbell was charged with four counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree and two counts in the fifth degree.
Recent drug busts have included a $2.2 million bust, the largest in the Kodiak Police Department’s history in late April, a heroin bust in early May, and a drug bust and kidnapping in mid-May.
Both troopers and police have been grappling with a rapidly growing drug problem in town that has seen large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine being seized from an increasing number of drug users and dealers. Authorities have said that more dealers are coming to town to take advantage of Kodiak’s highly profitable and inflated drug trade and also that some gang elements are operating here as well.
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