Kenai man arrested on drug charges for a second time

A 28-year-old Kenai man is facing drug charges for the second time in one year after allegedly selling different types of drugs in a Fred Meyer parking lot and lying to police about his identity, as well as electronics theft.

 

Pius A. Hanson has been charged with second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and four counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. 

According to an affidavit filed by Soldotna Police officer Victor Dillon, a Fred Meyer’s employee contacted the Soldotna Police Department and reported the alleged drug sales, which the employee viewed through the store’s security cameras. Four to five vehicles pulled up to a Ford F-150 and talked to the truck’s driver for a short period, but it was unclear whether any exchange took place. 

Dillon contacted the driver, who falsely identified himself, the affidavit says. 

Another responding officer spotted a laptop and backpack resting on the truck’s passenger seat, which he believed were stolen. Hanson then gave his true identity, and he allowed the officers to search the truck, the affidavit says. 

Hanson pleaded no contest to making a false report in 2004, according to court records. 

The officers found two laptops and three cell phones — the Police Department’s dispatch verified one of the laptops, a MacBook Pro, as stolen. Inside the backpack police found “a large amount” of drug paraphernalia and drugs. The paraphernalia items included a digital scale, metal spoons, needles and plastic bags; the drugs found were heroin, methamphetamine, a Methadone pill and three Diazepam pills, which are used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasms. The affidavit does not indicate the exact amount of drugs the Police Department confiscated. 

The court set bail at about $750,000 due to the defendant’s criminal history, according to court records. 

A trial is set for Nov. 13 at the Kenai Courthouse. 

Hanson’s new charges come ten months after he was charged with other drug offenses. According to court records, Hanson still faces July 2011 charges, which include third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband and tampering with physical evidence. 

According to a brief affidavit filed by Alaska State Trooper Eugene Hunter, the trooper pulled over Hanson, who drove a Ford Explorer, because the vehicle accelerated and almost struck two gas pumps. The trooper found meth on Hanson during that arrest, the affidavit says. 

Also, a third case against the defendant remains open. Hanson was not with his court-appointed custodians during two checkups, according to court records. He faces two counts of violating conditions of his release. 

 

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com. 

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