Nome troopers seize alcohol destined for Savoonga

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers seized nine 750-milliliter bottles of whisky from the luggage of a juvenile set to leave from Nome to Savoonga on Friday.

Acting on a tip, troopers searched the girl's luggage and also found six bottles of beer.

The girl denied any knowledge of the alcohol and was allowed to continue to Savoonga. Troopers said a case report will be forwarded to juvenile authorities charging the girl with attempted importation of alcohol and underage possession of alcohol.

Savoonga is on St. Lawrence Island about 170 miles southwest of Nome. Residents exercised their local option under state law and voted to ban the importation, sale and possession of alcohol.

Troopers in Nome say alcohol in villages sells for about ten times the price paid in Anchorage.

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