FAIRBANKS, Alaska - On Thursday, October 11, Tribal Police Officers in the village of Togiak, acted on a tip and prevented a large amount of illegal alcohol from making its way into the community.
According to a press release from the Department of Public Safety, 81 750 milliliter bottles of whiskey, and seven one-gallon jugs of whiskey disguised in apple juice containers were intercepted from being imported into the village by air cargo.
It also states that the approximate street value of the seized alcohol was estimated at $32,000.
Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan is quoted in the release saying, “While traffickers try seemingly-unique ways to stay ahead of police as they did in this case, law enforcement remains engaged and alert. I applaud the Togiak TPOs for their efforts, and look forward to seeing additional partnerships with them as collaboration through initiatives like the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designation continue.”
Togiak is a local option community in which alcohol is prohibited. The incident remains under investigation.