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Two more OxyContin indictments handed down

Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A Juneau grand jury has indicted two more suspected OxyContin dealers in the continued war against illegal use of the powerful prescription painkiller in Southeast Alaska.

A grand jury on Friday indicted a 25-year-old woman on two felony drug counts for allegedly transporting OxyContin and methamphetamine from Juneau to Petersburg on an Alaska Marine Highway ferry.

The grand jury has charged Crystal S. Lyons of Petersburg with one count of drug misconduct involving OxyContin with intent to distribute, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Lyons also was charged with one count of drug misconduct involving methamphetamine with intent to distribute, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Lyons was arrested on July 24 in Petersburg after transporting fifty 80-milligram tablets of OxyContin and a half-ounce of suspected methamphetamine from Juneau on the M/V Matanuska, the Petersburg Pilot first reported last week. The Petersburg Police Department was working in conjunction with the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs on a tip that Lyons was transporting the drugs to the Kupreanof Island community located about 110 miles south of Juneau.

Officers also seized one gram of hashish, an unspecified quantity of suspected heroin and more than $1,700 cash, according to the Pilot. The street value of the drugs in Petersburg is estimated to be about $10,000.

Lyons is being held in the Petersburg City Jail with a $20,000 cash bail.

In an unrelated case, the same grand jury on Friday indicted a 29-year-old Juneau woman on two felony drug charges for an alleged incident that occurred on April 19. Dusty Labadie was charged with one count of drug misconduct involving OxyContin with intent to distribute and one count of drug misconduct involving methamphetamine. The charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, respectively.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins on Monday issued a $5,000 cash warrant for Labadie's arrest. As of Tuesday evening she had not been arrested.



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