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Heroin discovered in UPS package

Two of four arraigned on charges for the bust

Posted: June 18, 2013 - 9:49pm  |  Updated: June 19, 2013 - 2:58pm

A man and a woman were arraigned in Kenai Superior Court Tuesday on charges stemming from a May incident in which the defendants allegedly tried to claim a UPS Inc. package containing heroin. The package was addressed to David Hill — an alias — and delivered to a Soldotna lodge.

Russell E. Wilson Jr., 31, and Raven Staples, 33, are two of four codefendants charged with attempted second degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and conspiracy misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree. Both are felony charges.

Public defenders entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of both defendants at their arraignments.

According to charging documents filed by an Alaska State Trooper, on May 8, Hooligan’s Lodge and Saloon reported the occupants of room 108 at the lodge were trying to receive a package addressed to David Hill, however, no customer at the lodge was registered with that name.

Allegedly, Staples first tried to claim the package. After the front desk staff declined to give the package to Staples, the documents allege Wilson attempted to claim it. The front desk staff asked Wilson to open the package at the counter. Wilson refused.

A trooper tried to call the number listed for the package. The man who answered informed the trooper he would be over to collect the delivery. The man then called back asking if his “cousin Russell Wilson” could claim the package.

No one came to the front desk to retrieve the package, and Staples and Wilson were unreachable. Troopers secured the package.

Troopers were later informed Wilson returned to the lodge. While speaking to a trooper, Wilson allegedly admitted to attempting to retrieve the UPS Inc. package and using heroin. He told police Corey Clifton, 39, was also staying in room 108. Clifton has an alias of David Hill listed in the FBI National Crime Information Center.

Search warrants for the package and Wilson’s phone where granted. The package contained 175.8 grams of heroin. Wilson’s phone contained text messages about the package, drug use and drug distribution.

Wilson was arrested on May 26. Staples was arrested on June 3 at the Soldotna Fred Meyer parking lot. After obtaining a search warrant, troopers found Psilocybin mushrooms and a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in her bedroom.

Staples was arraigned on two additional charges Tuesday. Both are fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance felony charges based on the warrant discoveries.

Wilson’s next scheduled court date is July 22.

Staples’ next court appearance is June 21.

 

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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