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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2001

Shipped package with marijuana seized

JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team seized a package of marijuana while it was being shipped to Haines from Juneau and arrested a man they believe to be the sender, according to a prepared statement by the agency.

John B. Enriquez, 36, of Juneau, was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The chain of events began Wednesday when SEANET seized a 97-gram package destined for Haines from a local Juneau airline. The recipient in Haines was identified and contacted by the Haines Police Department. An investigation is continuing in that matter.

The alleged sender of the package, Enriquez, was contacted Thursday. A search warrant was obtained for his residence, where an additional 503 grams of marijuana -- slightly more than a pound -- and other evidence was seized.

SEANET is comprised of Alaska State Troopers and local police department officers from Juneau, Petersburg, Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Skagway and Wrangell.

Condition of man in ATV accident improves

JUNEAU -The condition of a man injured in an all-terrain accident on Anka Street early Friday has improved slightly.

Jordan Irwin, 20, was in critical condition at noon Friday with a possible heart valve injury, a closed head wound and collapsed lung. "He is in serious condition (today), so he has gotten a little bit better," said the nursing supervisor of Harborview Medical Center at noon Saturday.

Irwin and a friend, Micheal Guthrie, 16, were riding at a high rate of speed without lights about 2 a.m. Friday when they struck a closed gate and rolled, pinning Irwin underneath the four-wheeler he was driving, according to officials.

Guards at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center were the first to hear the injured men's cries for help, said Andy Swanston, operations director for Gastineau Human Services Corporation (GHS). An emergency medical technician from GHS responded to the scene, Swanston said. Police and firefighters arrived within minutes.

Guthrie refused treatment at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Irwin's condition necessitated medevacing to Harborview. Irwin's mother, Vikki Irwin, was with him in Seattle on Saturday. His father, Mike, remained in Juneau.

"Jordan seems to be doing well," Mike Irwin said Saturday afternoon. "For a while he was on a respirator because of his severe chest injuries, but now he is breathing on his own. I think there was some divine intervention on his part."



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