Speeding ticket leads to troopers finding 88 grams of cocaine

HEALY, Alaska (KTVF) Alaska State Troopers arrested two men for drug possession outside of Healy on Dec. 11.

According to charging documents, Brandon K Sheppard, 21, and Elijah Devon Rausch, 23, were pulled over on the Parks Highway for going 77 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. After an investigation troopers found 88 grams, or 3.25 ounces of cocaine, valued at around $8,800 on the street, in the vehicle.

After stopping the car that Sheppard and Rausch were in, Rausch advised that he was on probation and had a travel pass. According to the trooper who pulled them over, the occupants of the car were acting nervous. Rausch’s probation officer requested that the trooper search the car. As the trooper was searching Rausch he noticed Sheppard grab something and put it down his pants.

Sheppard denied that he had placed a weapon in his pants and admitted that it was cocaine. The trooper conducted a field test and determined that it was cocaine. According to the charging documents, one dose of cocaine is between 0.1 grams to 0.25 grams. “The amount seized in this case represents approximately 352 individual doses to upwards of 880 individual doses,” the charging document said.

Sheppard and Rausch were both arrested and charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree. They were taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and arraigned in court on Thursday.

Sheppard has no previous criminal history. Rausch was on probation for an incident in 2016, in which was arrested in connection with a home-invasion robbery. He was charged with first degree robbery, two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of second degree, burglary and other charges. In 2017 he took a plea deal where he pleaded guilty to first degree burglary in exchange for all other charges being dropped.

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