Heroin 'mule' pleads not guilty

A 39-year-old man accused of bringing two ounces of heroin into Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day has pleaded not guilty.

Olin Patrick Gullufsen entered his plea Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court, court records show.

Gullufsen was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on one count of second-degree drug misconduct for knowingly possessing heroin with intent to deliver, according to the indictment. That’s a class ‘A’ felony that can carry up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors, local police received information on March 16 that Gullufsen would be flying to Juneau with heroin.

The next day on March 17, federal DEA task force officers in Seattle advised the Juneau Police Department that Gullufsen had a reservation to fly from Bellingham to Seattle to Juneau.

JPD intercepted Gullufsen around 8 p.m. that evening at the Juneau International Airport. Gullufsen told JPD Detective Brandon Lawrenson he suspected someone might report him for transporting narcotics because he was involved in drug activity up until about two weeks before.

Gullufsen was detained at the airport security office, where a drug detection K-9 named “Justice” took notice of his backpack.

After a search warrant was obtained, JPD officers located an Aspirin bottle, tinfoil squares, Vaseline, a “tooter” with residue, a roll of electrical tape and marijuana inside Gullufsen’s backpack. A tooter is a tube or straw used to snort drugs.

The heroin was found inside the Aspirin bottle, wrapped in electrical tape and cellophane.

During a police interview, Gullufsen admitted flying to Seattle to purchase 12 ounces of heroin, but was only able to bring back two ounces, the affidavit states.

Gullufsen admitted doing this for about six to seven months, transporting two to eight ounces per trip and making one trip a week.

Judge Philip Pallenberg scheduled a three-day trial in the case to begin in early July.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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