Juneau man arraigned for alleged coke dealing

Mark Nash could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2002

A 21-year-old Juneau man is being held on $10,000 bail after he was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday on a cocaine-dealing charge.

Mark Nash is charged with one count of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony, stemming from an alleged incident on Feb. 7. Nash is accused of supplying a gram of cocaine via Skagway Air to Lesley Rostron, 21, of Haines.

Rostron also was arrested and is awaiting a March 6 arraignment on a charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony.

If convicted, Nash could receive up to 10 years in prison. Rostron could receive a maximum of five years in prison. Nash is being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

According to an affidavit by Assistant District Attorney David Brower, Rostron sent $350 to Nash by way of LAB Flying Service earlier this month. Nash allegedly tried to send a package containing cocaine and addressed to Rostron through Skagway Air. After Nash delivered the package to the airline, employees became suspicious and phoned the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team, authorities said.

SEANET is a task force of police officers from Juneau, Petersburg, Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Skagway, and state troopers.

According to court records, after SEANET officers determined the substance in the package was cocaine, they set up a "controlled delivery" to Rostron. She accepted the package. She told SEANET officers she had sent the money to Nash for the cocaine, authorities said. Two search warrants were issued for Nash's vehicle and home, which yielded "other drugs and numerous smoking devices," a SEANET press release said.

Nash was arrested Feb. 7 at his home in Juneau.

Sgt. Tim Birt with SEANET said at this time there is no indication Nash was distributing drugs to more than one person.

Representatives of Skagway Air and LAB Flying Service were unavailable for comment by the Empire's mid-day deadline.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.

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