Dog owner finds himself jailed

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2000

VALDEZ (AP) -- A Girdwood man who went to the Valdez Police Department to bail out his dog found himself jailed on drug charges.

Police said Adam Gottsdanker, 26, made the mistake of showing up at the station with two grams of cocaine and a baggie of marijuana.

When Gottsdanker came to the front counter last week to pay the fine on his impounded dog, a check revealed that there was an Anchorage warrant for his arrest on charges of driving without a valid operator's license and failure to stop at the direction of a police officer.

Valdez police Sgt. Leon Morgan brought Gottsdanker into the department hallway and started patting him down. At that point, Gottsdanker became nervous and said he had to use the bathroom, according to court documents.

Morgan reportedly informed him that he could use the jail bathroom after the search. Gottsdanker started moving toward the bathroom anyway and allegedly punched Morgan in the eye when the officer tried to stop him, documents said.

''Gottsdanker and I began to struggle inside the bathroom,'' Morgan reported. ''Gottsdanker threw a baggie of marijuana inside the toilet and flushed the toilet.''

Morgan and a corrections officer managed to subdue Morgan in the hallway.

Valdez police then allegedly found two packages inside Gottsdanker's coat, each containing about one gram of cocaine. Officers also reportedly discovered $400 cash in a pill bottle in his coat.

Gottsdanker was charged with felony drug dealing, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was being held in lieu of $8,000 bail. His dog was freed to one of his friends.

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