Two Soldotna men charged with various felonies and misdemeanors stemming from their alleged connection with the postal delivery of a large quantity of heroin were arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Tuesday.
Michael Leveque, 32, and Mark Grieger, 61, pleaded not guilty to their charges before Judge Anna Moran, who set both cases for trial starting the week of June 24 with Judge Carl Bauman.
Leveque was arrested in early April 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.
Grieger was arrested at the same time 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.
According to court records, a postal inspector intercepted a package addressed to a Soldotna residence that contained 79.8 grams of heroin, worth about $50,000 on the street. Police performed a controlled delivery of the package and allegedly observed Leveque taking possession of the package and later observed Grieger and Vincent Greer, 36, entering and leaving Leveque’s home.
Authorities say a search of Leveque’s home resulted in recovery of the package — he allegedly tasted the three golf ball-sized chunks and threw them away. He was arrested in his driveway.
Grieger was later stopped while driving through Soldotna with Greer and arrested for not telling police he had a loaded handgun in his pocket. He also allegedly had a small box containing several dime bags of heroin and meth in his pockets.
Both men appeared in court in custody. While Leveque sat quietly, Grieger, who wore glasses and an unkempt black and grey beard, made several exclamations to the court, first when he was asked if he understood the charges filed against him.
“I do, but they are incorrect,” he said.
Later, as Moran reviewed the case and discussed the value of the heroin, he shouted, “I didn’t have that.”
Greer was arrested in connection with the case on an outstanding warrant. He was recently charged with two counts of fourth degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, both Class C felonies. He is set to be arraigned in Superior Court on April 30, according to records.
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