Defendant in federal drug conspiracy case pleads not guilty

Juneau woman reportedly received package of meth, oxicodone

A Juneau Police Department officer stops while circling the house and peering in the windows to see who is inside, while the warrant search was under way at 423 Fourth St. on Friday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Matt Gruening)

A Juneau woman pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of drug conspiracy in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

 

Tiffany Jo Spaulding, 34, and Christian John Peters, 44, were arrested Aug. 9 after a multi-agency warrant search of their house at 427 Fourth St.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Jamie McGrady was appointed to represent Spaulding, who pleaded not guilty to the charge. McGrady said she was working on a release proposal, but was not yet ready to present it to the court.

U.S. District Court Judge Deborah M. Smith, appearing via video conference from Anchorage, noted that a trial date had been set for Oct. 3.

Peters was set to be arraigned today; last week, he was released to the custody of his mother with stringent conditions.

[Two arrested in Fourth Street house on federal drug charges]

According to the criminal complaint filed against Spaulding and Peters, the U.S. Postal Service Inspector assigned to Juneau identified a suspicious package on Aug. 6 addressed to a “Rosetta Stone” at the Fourth Street address, which contained 50 pills identified as oxycodone and 221 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

The package was delivered to the front porch of the residence Aug. 9 and was retrieved by Spaulding. Peters arrived about 15 minutes later and reportedly opened the package. A subsequent search of the residence reportedly uncovered a digital scale and a suspected drug ledger, suspected meth and marijuana, ziplock bags and drug paraphernalia including pipes and needles, and the recording system for security cameras at the residence.

The week before, JPD officers searched the neighboring house at 423 Fourth St., reportedly was for a stolen gun; no arrests were made. Both houses are owned by Breffni Place Properties, a corporation formed by Kathleen Barrett — the owner of the Bergmann Hotel around the corner, which was condemned by the city in March.


• Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 523-2246 or liz.kellar@juneauempire.com.


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