Three Soldotna men were arrested on April 4 in connection with the delivery of a large quantity of heroin, delivered through the mail and intercepted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.
Two of the men arrested have been charged with various felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the case.
Michael K. Leveque, 32, was arrested on charges of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class A felony, tampering with physical evidence, a Class C felony, and three counts of driving with a revoked license, all Class A misdemeanors.
Mark Grieger, 61, was arrested on charges of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class A felony, fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class C felony and tampering with physical evidence, a Class C felony. He was also charged with second-degree and fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons, a Class B felony and Class B misdemeanor, respectively.
Both men were arraigned in Kenai District Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to their respective charges. The court did not allow either men bail.
Vincent Greer, 36, was also arrested in connection with the case on an outstanding warrant, but had not been charged as of Wednesday.
According to court records, a postal inspector intercepted a package addressed to a Soldotna residence that contained 79.8 grams of heroin. A “controlled delivery” of the package containing only .6 grams of heroin along with a GPS tracking device and an electronic monitoring device was delivered to the residence.
During surveillance, investigators say Leveque drove up to the residence and took the package inside his home, according to records.
He allegedly was then “seen coming out of his residence and looking up and down the street, running back and forth to his vehicle and driving away and returning to his residence on two other occasions.”
Investigators determined that the GPS tracking device was no longer working. Grieger and Greer were then allegedly seen entering and leaving Leveque’s home.
Leveque was taken into custody in his driveway after driving back to his home for the third time. Authorities say a search of his home resulted in recovery of the package, heroin sample and a small bag of heroin. Leveque allegedly told investigators he found three golf ball sized chunks of what he believed were heroin in the package that was delivered, but threw them away after tasting them.
He also left his home with the GPS tracker and took it to the office of a telecommunications company to see “if someone could tell him what the electronic device was,” according to records.
Leveque then called Greer and Grieger ,who arrived at his home and left after Leveque showed them the contents of the package.
Greer and Grieger were stopped by Soldotna police in a parking lot — Greer was arrested for an outstanding warrant and Grieger was arrested for not telling police he had a loaded handgun in his pocket at the time. While being questioned by police, officers allegedly found small box containing several dime bags of heroin and meth in Grieger’s pockets.
Authorities say Grieger grabbed the box off the table when the officer was getting a glass of water for him and began tampering with its contents.
“I asked him what he was doing and Grieger denied knowing what it was he was handling or how it got on the floor,” the officer wrote in an affidavit, adding that he later denied the box was his, that it had come from his pocket and said he didn’t know what heroin was or looked like.
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