Police say they arrested a drug courier at the Juneau airport Saturday carrying about $49,000 worth of heroin in her coat pocket, according to charging documents in the case.
State prosecutors charged Nicole E. David, 34, with a felony drug offense for possession with intent to deliver. She appeared in Juneau District Court on Tuesday to answer to the charge.
David was already on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s radar when the Juneau Police Department received a tip she would be travelling from Seattle to Juneau with drugs on June 29, according to an affidavit.
Prosecutors allege the drugs found wrapped in cellophane in her jacket pocket weighed 1.7 ounces, or 49.3 grams, which has an estimated street value of $49,000 in Juneau, the Juneau Police Department estimated. It field-tested positive for heroin, the affidavit states.
David is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $20,000 bail. If convicted, she could be facing up to five years in prison for the class ‘C’ felony.
Electronic court records show David does not have a criminal history in Alaska. Police said she was from the Seattle area.
David is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on July 9. That hearing will be vacated if a grand jury hands up an indictment, as the case will be re-opened in Superior Court which handles felony cases.
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