The Juneau Crime Line tip cellphone lit up with an odd text in the early hours of Valentine’s Day — someone was offering to sell meth.
According to charging documents, the Crime Line tip cellphone received a text message at 3:25 a.m. Feb. 14. Officer Lee Phelps, on duty at the time, texted the number back, arranging a time to meet up with the person on the other end.
That person — later identified as 23-year-old Sharlene Marie Cannon — identified herself as “Shar,” and offered to sell a gram of meth for $100, according to a report filed by Juneau Police Department Detective Carl Lundquist. It’s unclear in the report why Cannon was texting the police to set up a drug deal. Juneau Crime Line is a service that allows people to anonymously report crimes by either calling or texting.
They were unable to set up a meeting for a while, the report stated, and Phelps’ shift ended. “Shar” still offered to be free later on in the morning, according to the report.
Lundquist then took over for Phelps and was able to set up a meeting at 10 a.m. near abandoned vehicles at the Nugget Mall, his report states. Lundquist pulled up to a small gray car, where he found Cannon, who was the only person in the car.
According to the report, Lundquist called the number he’d been texting with and Cannon’s phone rang. Lundquist then searched Cannon’s vehicle and found two baggies in the car’s ashtray that contained 0.84 gross grams of a white crystalline substance. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Lundquist’s report.
Cannon was arrested, and on March 1 a Juneau grand jury indicted her on one count of third-degree drug misconduct, a class C felony. According to online court records, Cannon was released on her own recognizance Feb. 15 and is currently going through the Department of Corrections’ new pretrial program.
The pretrial program, a part of Senate Bill 91, allows some people awaiting trial to live in the community and have a pretrial officer who monitors and regularly meets with them. Those accused of a crime, such as Cannon, go through an evaluation process to see how likely it is that the person will reoffend soon or will miss court dates. Those who are deemed unlikely to reoffend or miss court dates are allowed to be released without bail.
Cannon has previous run-ins with the law in Ketchikan, pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug charges in 2014 and 2016.
Break-in involves man hitting resident with club
A February break-in turned bloody when the intruder struck the homeowner with a wooden club, according to charging documents.
At 3:39 a.m. Feb. 24, Juneau man Martin Alejandro Conchas-Michel, 23, entered Reginald Ozawa’s apartment on Foster Avenue, according to an account from Juneau Police Department Officer Don Ward.
When officers arrived, they found Conchas-Michel at the apartment holding a large wooden club that was stained a reddish-brown, Ward’s report states. Officers also found that Conchas-Michel had magazines that belonged to Ozawa and a prescription bottle that had a small amount of suspected marijuana, Ward’s report states. The value of the items was estimated at $80.
According to the report, Ozawa told JPD Officer Brent Bartlett that Conchas-Michel had taken the club, the magazines and the bottle from the apartment after forcing his way in and hitting Ozawa with the club. The police report refers to the club as a “fish bonker.”
The officers arrested Conchas-Michel, and a Juneau grand jury indicted Concas-Michel on one count of third-degree assault (a class C felony) and one count of first-degree burglary (a class B felony).
Man indicted for bringing loaded gun through airport security
When Ryan Matthew Neely, 39, put his carry-on bag through security at the Juneau International Airport on Feb. 20, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff noticed something on the scanner display: a firearm.
Juneau Airport Sgt. Paul Overturf was called to the scene, according to his report in a charging document. He and TSA staff examined the gun, which they found to be a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun. Overturf then found that the gun was fully loaded and had a round of ammunition in the chamber, according to his report.
According to Overturf’s report, Neely had previous felony convictions, with the most recent coming in 2014. Neely was arrested, but was released on his own recognizance that same day. A Juneau grand jury indicted Neely on March 1 on one count of third-degree weapons misconduct (a class C felony) for having a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
Juneau man arrested trying to sell meth in Haines
A traffic infraction led to a Juneau man being arrested for trying to sell drugs in Haines, according to charging documents.
As Haines Police Officer Chris Brown patrolled in Haines on Feb. 24, a dark-colored Ford Explorer ran a stop sign right in front of him, according to his report in the charging documents. Brown pursued the car and pulled it over, speaking with the driver Garrett Ripley and the passenger Fischer Martin Tresham.
According to Brown’s report, the two men told him that they were staying with a woman whose name Brown recognized. He recalled that a Haines dispatcher had heard a tip that this woman had recently come to Haines with a man to sell drugs, Brown wrote in his report. Brown contacted the dispatcher, who confirmed to Brown that Tresham was the man in question.
Brown then searched Tresham, finding bullets and a knife. Later, two rifles were found in the car that matched the ammunition found in Tresham’s pockets, Brown wrote. Tresham then admitted to Brown that he had baggies in his pockets that contained “up” and “down,” according to Brown’s report, and that “up” referred to meth and “down” referred to heroin.
According to his report, Brown found multiple baggies in Tresham’s pockets that contained an estimated five grams of meth. The report did not state how much heroin was found, but that there was a rubber container found that contained the drug.
Tresham was arrested and taken to the Haines Rural Jail, and according to the report Tresham told Brown that he had come to Haines to sell the drugs at a higher price than he could have sold them for in Juneau. According to the report, Tresham said he was selling the drugs to help support his daughter and her mother.
A Juneau grand jury indicted Tresham on third-degree drug misconduct (a class C felony) and second-degree drug misconduct (a class B felony).
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