Anchorage man faces drug, gun charges

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A man accused of pointing a gun at an Anchorage police officer has been indicted on federal drug and gun charges.

Benjamin Edward Wilkins, 21, had four gallon-size bags of marijuana, 18 baggies of cocaine, at least two stolen guns and nearly $40,000 in cash when he was taken into custody Aug. 8, according to court records.

In addition to the federal indictment, the state has charged Wilkins with weapons misconduct, assault, theft, misconduct involving a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Patrol officers initially tried to pull Wilkins over in Anchorage's Spenard area after a hit-and-run accident, according to documents filed in state court.

Wilkins refused to stop, police said. There was a short car chase and then a foot chase before Wilkins allegedly pointed a gun at an officer, police said.

The officer told Wilkins to put down the gun, and when he refused, another officer struck him with his cruiser, according to court records.

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