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2 more indicted on meth, heroin charges

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 10:17am

The seals on two more drug-related indictments have been lifted and made public.

A Juneau grand jury indicted between 15 to 20 people in June for possessing and dealing methamphetamine and heroin.

The indictments were ordered sealed by the court and were unsealed gradually as defendants were taken into custody one at a time.

At the time of their issuance, Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg ordered the seals be lifted within 30 days or until arrested on outstanding warrants.

The 30-day term expired July 31, and Pallenberg ordered the rest unsealed. The Empire obtained a copy of them Tuesday.

According to the indictments, 56-year-old William R. Netling and 28-year-old Brandon R. Stephens were indicted June 29 along with the others.

Netling was charged with two counts of second-degree drug misconduct for allegedly delivering heroin on March 19 and 23. That’s a class ‘A’ felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and /or a $250,000 fine.

Stephens was charged with one count of the same crime, but for allegedly aiding and abetting another defendant deliver heroin on April 26.

The co-defendant is listed as Flynn T. Lobaugh, 20, who was already arraigned in court last month. Lobaugh’s jury trial is scheduled for October.

Both Netling and Stephens are still wanted on $10,000 arrest warrants. Their last known addresses were in Juneau, according to the warrants.

Pallenberg is the judge assigned to their cases.

According to the indictments, the same confidential police informant testified against them during grand jury proceedings as did in most of the other cases. Police could not be reached for comment on the two cases.

Indictments are formal accusations of illegal activity.

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

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