A series of investigations focused on Kodiak resident Brad Aga that were more than a year in the making resulted in his arrest on Aug. 27, according to an Alaska State Trooper announcement.
The investigations, conducted by member agencies of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, identified Aga, 51, as a “significant individual involved in the trafficking of controlled substances to and within Kodiak,” according to the Trooper report.
Aga was arrested Friday at 11:15 a.m. by the State Drug Enforcement Unit, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, Kodiak Police Department and Alaska State Troopers, according to the Trooper report.
The task force executed a search warrant at Aga’s residence, where he was arrested on multiple second-, third- and fourth-degree charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance, according to the Trooper report.
According to a court affidavit from an Alaska State Trooper, the Kodiak Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit conducted four “controlled buy operations” through a confidential informant to purchase heroin and methamphetamine.
Each operation utilized a warrant in order to record statements made by Aga during the transactions, according to the affidavit.
A confidential informant met with Aga at his residence on April 16 while surveillance was conducted by the unit to verify Aga lived at the address, according to the affidavit. The informant turned over a “dark, tar-like substance identified to be heroin” to Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit members following the transaction. The substance weighed just over half a gram.
Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit members reviewed the recorded conversation between Aga and the informant. According to the affidavit, the individual allegedly discussing the sale of the heroin “was possibly identified as B. Aga based on the numerous previous interactions Kodiak SDEU has had with B. Aga.”
The presumed sample was sent to the state crime lab for testing, which later confirmed it was heroin, according to the affidavit.
The Kodiak Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a second buy operation on May 20 from Aga at the same location as the first operation, which was also recorded, according to the affidavit. The recording allegedly identified Aga as the one selling the substance, according to the affidavit, which also said members of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit also positively identified him.
Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit members met with the informant following the second operation and retrieved the suspected heroin, which weighed 0.73 grams and field tested positive for heroin, according to the affidavit.
A third operation was executed on Aug. 17, where a separate confidential informant purchased suspected methamphetamine from Aga, according to the affidavit. The retrieved sample weighed over 1 gram and field tested positive for methamphetamine. A review of the recording between the informant and Aga allegedly included discussion of the sale.
A fourth controlled buy operation was allegedly conducted on the same day, again procuring suspected methamphetamine weighing about 3.5 grams. The “clear crystalline substance” field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
During the fourth operation, Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit members visually identified Aga conducting the sale with the informant and also confirmed Aga’s identity during the discussion, according to the affidavit.
The Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a record check on Aga that revealed a criminal history with 23 convictions, including a 2013 felony conviction for misconduct involving a controlled substance, 13 felony convictions for violating conditions of release and two misdemeanor Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance convictions from 2008 and 2013.
According to the Alaska State Troopers report, when Aga was arrested last Friday, he was found with methamphetamine, heroin and cash, all of which was seized by investigators. The report did not specify how much was seized.
Aga was transported to Kodiak City Jail and made his first court appearance on Monday. His bail was set at $10,000 cash. He will appear in court on Sept. 7.