Drug bust nets guns, cash

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2008

Investigators seized quantities of cocaine and other substances, weapons and more than $61,000 in cash and arrested three men and one woman suspected of drug trafficking between the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage on Jan. 10.

A five-month investigation using anonymous informants and fake drug deals culminated in the arrest of Raymond Weigle, 47, and Jack Horsley, 48, both of Soldotna, Eric McDonald, 35, of Sterling and Judith Crawford, 46, of Anchorage. According to an Alaska State Trooper press release issued Tuesday, the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement, troopers and wildlife troopers from Soldotna, officers from the Anchorage, Soldotna and Kenai police departments, the Anchorage Metro Unit, Kenai Adult Probation, the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force came together to simultaneously serve four search warrants, two in Anchorage, one in Soldotna and one in Sterling.

Investigators seized approximately $18,218 in cash, 44 firearms, small quantities of methamphetamine, Methadone, Xanex and 37 hits of suspected LSD from McDonald's Sterling residence Jan 10. McDonald was also found with two loaded 12-gauge shotguns, a .45 caliber handgun and flak jacket. According to court documents, the investigation that led to McDonald's arrest began on Dec. 20, 2007, when an anonymous informant purchased two 80mg Oxycontin pills from him at McDonald's Sterling residence at 39560 Fox Trail Rd. Investigators were able to obtain a warrant to record conversations between McDonald and the informant during sales transactions and on Dec. 28 the informant successfully purchased two hits of heroine from McDonald with funds provided by investigators. Investigators charged McDonald with misconduct involving a controlled substance (MICS) in the second degree.

Law enforcement charged both Weigle and Horsley with third degree MICS when they were arrested on Jan. 10. Horsley also violated a probation in place since 2006 for third degree MICS. The stipulations for Horsley's probation were that he not associate with known drug dealers or users and not possess drug paraphernalia or equipment. According to the trooper press release, investigators seized approximately $43,000 in cash, approximately nine ounces of cocaine, three weapons and various drug paraphernalia.

Investigation involving Weigle and Horsley date back to Sept. 1, 2007 when an informant used pre-recorded funds provided by investigators and successfully purchased a gram of cocaine from Weigle at the pair's Soldotna home. According to court documents, Horsley was present during the transaction and physically handed the cocaine to the informant during the purchase. On Oct. 10 the informant purchased cocaine from Weigle's residence a second time, but Horsley wasn't involved in the transaction. The arresting officer requested the warrant for Horsley because he was facing criminal charges in reference to possession of cocaine from October 2007, believing that because of his probation and "numerous pending felony charges" Horsley posed a flight risk.

Investigators arrested Crawford at her Anchorage residence Jan. 10 on $36,000 outstanding warrants and seized cocaine residue and packaging material. At another Anchorage residence investigators seized an AK-47 with a drum magazine and imitation crack cocaine that was being sold as real cocaine.

Megan Peters, Alaska State Trooper spokesperson, said the four search warrants were executed as part of the same case. Troopers and the other law enforcement agencies are continuing their investigation.

Jessica Cejnar can be reached at jessica.cejnar@peninsulaclarion.com.

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