Several individuals are under investigation after Statewide Drug Enforcement agents say they used a charter plane late last week to transport large amounts of alcohol to the "dry" village of Kobuk, located in the northwest part of the state.
The name of the charter company, and the suspects involved, were not released, as an investigation into the case continues.
That's according to a news release issued late Sunday by the Alaska State Troopers.
Fairbanks-based agents on April 19th received a report that a charter flight would be transporting alcohol to the area the next day.
Troopers say on April 20, the flight was met in Kotzebue by investigators who seized approximately forty-eight (48) bottles of "distilled spirits" bound for Kobuk.
Kobuk is a local option community that bans the sale and importation of alcohol. It has a population of 151 people, according to a U.S. Census report issued in 2010, and is located approximately 128 air miles northeast of Kotzebue.
Troopers say several suspects have been identified in the case.
Speaking with News Center 11 late Monday evening, Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen also says the company that owned the charter has cooperated with authorities, and is not facing criminal prosecution in the case.
This is a developing story. News Center 11 will have more information as it becomes available.