Carrier accused of smuggling alcohol

Posted: Friday, June 06, 2008

FAIRBANKS - The owner of a Fairbanks air carrier is accused of trying to take alcohol into dry villages.

Sixty-three-year-old David L. Rue of Fairbanks and his company, Ambler Air Service Inc., face one count of importing alcohol to a local option area.

Fairbanks International Airport police received two tips that an Ambler Air passenger would be smuggling alcohol or drugs on March 21 into Ambler or Shungnak, two small villages in western Alaska that do not allow the importation of alcohol.

As Rue loaded the plane, Alaska State Troopers parked nearby saw him loading bags that contained 13 bottles of alcohol. Altogether, more than 25 large bottles of alcohol, four smaller bottles of alcohol, a case of beer and a small amount of marijuana were recovered from the plane.

According to authorities, a surveillance tape from a local Fred Meyer store showed Rue purchasing much of the alcohol found on the plane.

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