Drug bust at airport finds meth and cocaine

Authorities arrest two Juneau residents

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2007

Authorities last weekend arrested two Juneau residents and confiscated hundreds of grams of methamphetamine and other drugs at Juneau International Airport.

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Geralyn S. Dougherty, 40, was accused of possession of cocaine and was charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance. She was identified by authorities as she stepped off her Seattle flight on May 24.

A day later, drug authorities found 345 grams of methamphetamine in a man's luggage. It was enough for 3,450 "street level dosage units," according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Juneau police knew Dougherty from previous interrogations in which she admitted "importing controlled substances into Alaska on Alaska Airlines," court records show.

When they searched her unclaimed luggage, they discovered electronic scales, a pipe, filters and cocaine.

Investigators also learned of what they said was a suspicious package shipped by Dougherty. They said U.S. Postal Inspectors located the package and found 228 grams of cocaine, 29 grams of methamphetamine and 48 tabs of Oxycontin.

An investigation into the package is continuing.

On May 25, Oliver Spencer, 23, was accused of misconduct involving a controlled substance after investigators found 345 grams of methamphetamine in his luggage.

Officials later searched his house on Portage Boulevard and found two firearms and what they described as "additional evidence of distribution."

The investigations were led by the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team, which includes state troopers, the Juneau Police Department, the state Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement and police from various Southeast cities.

• Ken Lewis can be reached at ken.lewis@juneauempire.com.

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