A Kenai grand jury indicted a Soldotna man last Friday on five felony drug charges involving the possession of and intent to deliver oxycodone, morphine and methadone.
Stanley Koberstein, 52, faces three class A felony charges for allegedly attempting to deliver oxycodone, morphine and methadone to a female friend he would not name. Koberstein is also charged with unlawful possession of morphine -- a class C felony -- and bringing methadone into a correctional facility, also a class C felony.
On April 9, Soldotna Police Sgt. Stace Escott pulled over a black Jeep with expired tags. The passenger, Koberstein, gave his correct last name but a false first name and date of birth, a lie that was revealed when Escott ran the information through the Alaska Public Safety Information Network.
Koberstein admitted his real identity and told Escott there was a warrant out for his arrest for driving while his license was revoked. Escott arrested Koberstein and asked if he had any contraband that would not be allowed into Wildwood Correctional Facility. Again, Koberstein allegedly lied and said he did not.
When Escott searched Koberstein and his handbag, he found a smaller bag inside of that, and a tin inside of that -- like a series of Russian nesting dolls. The small bag contained, in addition to the tin, a hypodermic needle, a pipe, and a small measuring cup with a white melted substance. The tin contained white and orange pills identified as oxycodone and morphine.
According to Escott's submitted affidavit, Koberstein stated that the pills didn't belong to him and that he had "picked them up for a friend." When they arrived at Wildwood, Escott continued to interrogate Koberstein, who said a female friend had asked him to pick up a small black bag from another friend's car in Kasilof and then deliver it to her in Sterling. Koberstein said she paid him $100 to do this, and that he didn't know what was inside of the bag.
When Koberstein was searched at Wildwood, an officer felt a small bindle on the back of Koberstein's right pant leg. The officer removed the bindle and found 40 tablets identified at methadone. Koberstein said the pills were "prescribed to him and he kept them hidden away so people wouldn't steal them from him."
Koberstein was released from jail on April 20 when the charges filed against him were dismissed. His case was reopened and the charges refiled on April 29 when he was indicted by the grand jury.
Koberstein is scheduled for superior court arraignment on May 10.
Karen Garcia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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