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Troopers: California fugitive arrested at Excursion Inlet cannery

Posted: August 21, 2013 - 3:54pm  |  Updated: August 22, 2013 - 12:10am

Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday arrested a seasonal worker at a cannery in Excursion Inlet as a fugitive from justice from California.

Victor Lopez Jr., 27, of Stockton, Calif., was arrested at about 2:45 p.m. at the Ocean Beauty Seafoods plant, troopers said in a dispatch. He was wanted on a “dangerous drugs” charge out of Stockton, and both the states of California and Alaska had authorized warrants for his arrest, the dispatch states.

Trooper Chris Umbs said in a phone interview Wednesday that the police department in Stockton found out that Lopez was working at the cannery and requested Alaskan authorities apprehend him. Umbs and another trooper based out of Juneau, Tim Birt, arrested Lopez then transported him to Juneau where he is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $10,000 bail.

The Seattle-based Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC operates six production plants in Alaska, according to the company’s website. The Excursion Inlet facility is located about 40 miles west of Juneau.

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

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