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KETCHIKAN — The former owner of a Ketchikan party supply business will serve nine years in prison on drug and weapons charges.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports 53-year-old David Bach was sentenced Thursday.

In August 2012, Ketchikan police seized 3 pounds of marijuana, 25 grams of methamphetamine and five handguns at his apartment. They later found another 24 pounds of marijuana stored at another apartment he owned.

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District Attorney Steven West says Bach was an “extremely large drug dealer” for Southeast. He says Ketchikan is a small drug market with a large profit margin since there is a substantial mark-up for drugs.

Bach’s attorney, Michael Smith of Anchorage, says Bach wasn’t a typical drug dealer, and will return to Ketchikan after his prison sentence to seek gainful employment.


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