Salcha couple arrested in drug bust

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha couple is under arrest, following a drug raid at their home.

Local drug enforcement agents seized 110 marijuana plants, various growing equipment and a suspected meth lab in boxes from the home of Michael Buzby, 27, and his girlfriend Liann Peryea, 23 early Thursday.

Buzby and Peryea were arrested and charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana and unlawful gun possession.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. J.R. Roberts said the plants found in the basement were in various stages of growth.

''Most of them were mature plants'' ready to harvest, Roberts said. He described it as a medium-size operation.

Agents also found what they suspect is a methamphetamine lab still in two boxes on the property. Agents will search the contents of the boxes after another warrant is obtained. The original warrant was for a marijuana growing operation only, Roberts said.

More charges may be filed, investigators said.

The statewide drug enforcement unit is made up of officers from the Fairbanks police department, Alaska State Troopers and University of Alaska Fairbanks police department.

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