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Three charged with heroin distribution
ANCHORAGE - Three people were charged with heroin distribution Tuesday in what Anchorage police are calling the most significant drug bust this year.
Police arrested Enrique Tejada Blasio, 36, Marciela Rico-Perez, 28, and Juan Jose Rea Martinez, 30, at two locations in Anchorage after undercover police said they bought heroin from their operation over the course of several months.
"This isn't the biggest bust in terms of quantity, but in the value of the defendant," said Lt. Audie Holloway of the APD drug enforcement unit. Holloway said APD has been trying to catch Blasio for several years and suspects he has been orchestrating the sale of high quality Mexican heroin in Anchorage for up to seven years.
Police estimated the street value of the heroin at $4,000. Law enforcement agents also confiscated three vehicles and more than $23,000 in cash.
All three face numerous charges, including controlled substance felonies punishable by prison sentences of up to 20 years. Blasio is a legal permanent resident of the United States. Rico-Perez and Martinez are illegal aliens and could be deported if convicted.
Teacher pleads no contest to abuse charge
ANCHORAGE - A former Colony High school teacher has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a minor, a 17-year-old student.
Seth D. Joslin, 34, made the plea Friday in Superior Court in Palmer as part of a deal with the Palmer district attorney in which he agreed to give up his teaching certificate.
In exchange, the district attorney will ask that Joslin serve no more than six months in jail, and will allow Joslin to serve his probation out of state.
Joslin taught social studies at the school. He was originally charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor for encounters he had with the female student.
In January, Rhonda Gildersleeve, 32, a special education teacher at Colony who has since resigned, was charged with having a relationship with a 16-year-old student. She has pleaded innocent.