Weekend drug bust results in two arrests

Heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia found at Mendenhall Valley residence

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

Two Juneau residents were charged Saturday with drug crimes after authorities searched a home on Portage Boulevard in the Mendenhall Valley.

Jaymee L. Abear, 40, and Blaine L. Smith, 37, were arrested by members of the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team with assistance from the Juneau Police Department, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service.

Abear was charged with second-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance as well as with tampering with evidence. Smith was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Both were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The search turned up 19.2 grams of heroin, 44.7 grams of cocaine, $3,475 in U.S. currency and various drug paraphernalia, SEANET said.

The Inspection Service, a special branch of the Postal Service, became suspicious of a package going through the mail, said Juneau Postmaster Kent Eriksen.

On Saturday, an express carrier made a controlled delivery of the suspect parcel to the Portage house with authorities waiting nearby, Eriksen said. When the package was accepted, the authorities served their warrant.

Eric Gonzalez of Anchorage, special agent in charge of public relations for the FBI, characterized the bust as "a local matter."

"We just helped them out," Gonzalez said.

Street value of cocaine is about $150 per gram, said Greg Wilkinson, trooper spokesman. That makes the street value of the 44.7 grams of cocaine seized $6,705.

The investigation is continuing, said Sgt. Ray Culbreth of SEANET.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.

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