Troopers seize marijuana plants in Interior

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks couple was charged Wednesday with growing 75 marijuana plants, the latest in several Interior arrests made this month by the Alaska State Troopers or their statewide drug enforcement unit.

Officers investigated after receiving a complaint that resident Eugene Buckwalter was selling marijuana to juveniles. Neighbors also noticed a high volume of traffic at the home, according to charging documents.

Theresa Hollen opened the door Wednesday and troopers smelled the marijuana, according to prosecutors. Agents obtained a search warrant and found 40 plants in the crawl space and processed marijuana in the kitchen and dining room. Thirty-five more plants were found growing outside.

Hollen and Buckwalter were charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance. After officers found a .22-caliber revolver in the house, they added a felon-in-possession-of-a-firearm charge against Buckwalter.

Drug agents found 39 marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia in a North Pole residence Aug. 9. According to troopers, drug charges have been forwarded to the district attorney against David Swigart, 30.

Drug agents also found grow operation and harvested plants at the home of a 29-year-old North Pole man Aug. 9. No charges have been filed in the case.

Delta Junction troopers uncovered 188 marijuana plants of various sizes, a large amount of marijuana in various stages of processing and several grow lamps at a South Eielson residence Aug. 11.

Troopers were at the residence on an unrelated matter when the plants were discovered, said Sgt. Gary Johnson. A man was home at the time, but the investigation has not been completed, Johnson said.

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