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Police officers describe danger of arrest of heroin dealer

Jose Perez told officers ‘you treat me like an animal, I get even’

Posted: July 30, 2011 - 11:05pm
Jose Perez during his trial in Juneau Superior Court on Friday.   Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Jose Perez during his trial in Juneau Superior Court on Friday.

According to testimony of Juneau Police Officers on Friday in the Juneau Superior Court trial of alleged heroin dealer Jose Perez, the arrest of Perez on Jan. 5 at the Switzer Village Mobile Home Park was a dangerous encounter.

Perez was arrested after allegedly completing a sale of heroin with another dealer and an informant. The trial continues Monday, which is the defense’s turn to call witnesses.

Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp brought into evidence before Judge Philip Pallenberg a variety of slides including photos that showed the trailer, the couch where drugs were hidden, the tin in which the drugs were contained, and “dime baggies” of heroin.

Officers stated that a cereal box emptied of original contents was found containing needles used to inject controlled substances. The needles, commonly sold as insulin syringes, were used on the street for heroin and methamphetamine.

Other items found in the trailer were Perez’ passport from the Dominican Republic, his Alaska USA Federal Credit Union card, a pre-paid Visa card, a scope rifle, shotgun, a crack pipe made out of a light bulb and molded into a pipe used to smoke meth or cocaine, a marijuana pipe and heat-sealed bindles of heroin.

One photo showed the bottom of the marijuana bong with the name “Jose” on it.

Officers testified that a digital scale used to weigh various amounts of controlled substances was found, and a pill cutter.

Officers said that as oxy prices have gotten higher, users cannot afford to buy a full pill but cut a single pill into various sizes.

Officers secured a search warrant for a black AT&T LG Cellular phone, believed to be Perez,’ found during the arrest. The phone contained a photo of Perez, a photo of Perez and two unknown individuals, and of incoming and outgoing text messages.

Another evidence photo showed the trailer’s bathroom window where officers shot a flash grenade to temporarily blind the occupants, and officers described a handgun laying near the couch.

Kemp asked how Perez acted when arrested.

“He was upset, he was angry,” an officer said. “He was pretty hostile towards us, he made some threatening remarks.”

A recording of the arrest was played. During the arrest officers battered through the front door of the trailer and Perez was found standing in the “fatal alley,” a path that could result in harm if weapons were discharged.

Officers described forcing Perez to the floor and dragging him on his stomach down the stairs onto wet, icy conditions.

An officer is heard identifying himself, apologizing, and explaining what was happening.

Perez is heard saying, “Don’t worry I remember that,” and “I hold a grudge, you treat me like an animal, I get even.”

Kemp asked an officer if attempts were made to contact the trailer’s owner, Ryan Judson, after the arrest of Perez.

“Mr. Judson did not want to speak with me,” the officer replied.

Officers found a key in Perez’ pocket that fit the door to the trailer.

Defense attorney Kevin Higgins maintained that the conditions of the winter evening, the late night/early morning hour, and the fact that Perez was hauled shoeless outside and onto the ground was the cause of his anger.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at

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