Six arrested in meth, heroin bust in Kasilof

  • By Staff Report
  • Monday, February 23, 2015 1:42pm
  • News

A two-month investigation into distribution of methamphetamines and heroin in the Kasilof area resulted in the arrest of six people Thursday.

At about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, members of the Soldotna office of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, along with the Alaska Bureau of Investigations, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Kenai Police Department, Soldotna Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Homeland Security served search warrants at a residences on Tustumena Lake Road and Friendship Avenue in Kasilof.

According to troopers, four suspects were identified during the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit investigation. Troopers say evidence was collected through controlled buys, mobile and static surveillance operations.

Arrested in Thursday were Joshua Tri, 30, of Kasilof, for two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance; John Fisler, 51, of Kasilof, for four counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance; Stacy Whiteley, 40, of Soldotna, for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance; and Ashley Armknecht, 23, of Soldotna, for probation violations.

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit and Alaska Bureau of Investigations officers contacted Isis Holcombe, 18, of Kasilof, and Levi Shannon, 18, of Kasilof, as they were attempting to deliver methamphetamines and heroin, according to a trooper report. Holcombe was arrested for two counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Shannon was arrested for three counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

All six individuals were arrested without incident and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility where they were held without bail. Troopers say the investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

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