Soldotna men arrested in drug bust

The arrests were made after a 2-year investigation

The badge for the Kenai Police Department

The badge for the Kenai Police Department

Two Soldotna men were arrested for selling heroin following a two-year investigation into their activities, which included controlled drug purchases made by confidential informants, according to criminal charges filed Sept. 24 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Raymond Weigle, 60, of Soldotna, and Douglas Archambault, 39, of Soldotna, are facing multiple counts of misconduct involving controlled substances after they were arrested at Weigle’s home on Sept. 24.

The investigation into Weigle began in April of 2018, when a confidential informant allegedly purchased 1.8 grams of heroin from Weigle at his home.

Another confidential informant allegedly purchased 6 grams of heroin from Weigle on two separate occasions — once in August of 2019 and again in August of 2020.

During the second purchase, Weigle and Archambault were both involved in the sale, according to the Sept. 24 affidavit.

Investigators were granted a search warrant on Weigle’s home in September and, while searching the home, found two syringes full of heroin, two Suboxone strips, three digital scales and a .410 shotgun in the common area, investigators said. Three additional scales were found in Weigle’s bedroom, and Archambaut had $455 on his person, according to the affidavit. The money and drug-related items were seized as evidence.

Weigle and Archambault allegedly both admitted to using and dealing drugs in the home while speaking with the arresting officers.

Weigle is charged with two counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class A felony; one count of second-degree misconduct with a weapon, a Class B felony; two counts of making or delivering more than 1 gram of a controlled substance in the second degree, a Class B felony; and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Archambault is charged with one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class A felony; one count of second-degree misconduct involving a weapon, a Class B felony; one count of making or delivering more than 1 gram of a controlled substance in the second degree, a Class B felony; and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class C felony.

Reach reporter Brian Mazurek at bmazurek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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