Youth center counselor indicted on drug charges

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted a counselor at an Anchorage youth detention center for allegedly selling drugs near the facility.

Edward Jamal Mason was arraigned this week in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin White says Mason is not accused of selling to an inmate.

Federal authorities allege Mason sold crack cocaine four times in 2008. Two of those, officials say, took place near the McLaughlin Youth Center, where Mason was working as a counselor.

The four-count indictment names the 31-year-old Mason as the sole defendant.

The McLaughlin Youth Center is operated by the state's Division of Juvenile Justice. Among its missions is holding juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior.

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