Stepovich drug trial begins in Fairbanks

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The drug trial of former Alaska state Rep. Nick Stepovich has begun in Fairbanks.

Stepovich claimed he was merely relieving himself in the early morning hours of Nov. 8 behind a crowded bar. The police officer who stopped him said he believes Stepovich was doing cocaine in an alley.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the trial is expected to take about a week.

Stepovich is the son of former territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich and served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004. He was an Alaska delegate at last year's Republican National Convention.

Officer Kurt Lockwood testified Wednesday he spotted Stepovich and another man looking at each other with their hands near their faces. The officer found a piece of paper on the ground that tested positive for cocaine and took 11 ounces of gold and $865 in cash from Stepovich that an Alaska state trooper drug dog indicated for narcotics.

Defense lawyer Allen Vacura said the officer did not see Stepovich use a drug or throw the paper on the ground.

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