Drug seizure largest ever in Valdez
Grand jury charges defendants after pair arrested by police
Devon Totemoff was indicted by the Palmer grand jury after Valdez police filed formal drug charges against the 28-year old woman following a police investigation that began when large quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine were found in a vehicle occupied by Totemoff when Valdez police went to arrest her on outstanding Anchorage warrants.
Her bail was set at $50,000.
Timothy Miller, a co-defendant in the case, was also indicted after he was charged by police with felony drug possession.
Police say the seizure of approximately 1.5 pounds of narcotics, with an estimated street value of $100,000, represents the largest single narcotic drug seizure in Valdez history.
Police said Friday that the vehicle the two traveled in from Anchorage to Valdez contained 345 grams of cocaine, 88 grams of heroin and 10 grams of methamphetamine.
Miller’s bail was raised to $30,000 by Judge Dan Schally in Valdez District Court Monday, following his indictment.
Police said early on in the case that charges would be pending against the two following the report issued by the state’s crime lab.
Both were in police custody in Valdez Monday.
Charging documents in the police allegations against Totemoff said: During the search of the vehicle, Officer Pritchett found a black back pack on the front passenger side seat. Inside the back pack Officer Pritchett found: - 1 clear plastic baggie containing 7.8 grams of Cocaine [Schedule 2a Substance]- 1 condom containing two individually wrapped packages, Heroin 88.1 grams [Schedule 1a Substance] and Methamphetamine 9.5 grams Schedule 2a Substance] - 1 vacuum sealed, clear plastic wrap package filled 338.3 grams [~3/4 pound] of Cocaine [Schedule 2a Substance] - 1 black electronic scale calibrated in grams located in the center console of the vehicle
The documents say “Contents of the aforementioned items were analyzed and determined by the Alaska State Crime Lab.”
Totemoff also allegedly had 20 hypodermic needles in her possession at the time of her arrest, which occurred in the parking lot of the Totem Inn in Valdez on April 23. Totemoff and Miller came under police attention when a tip reported that Totemoff had outstanding warrants for her arrest from the Anchorage courts and that she was in Valdez.
Police allegations against Totemoff include four felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and a single misdemeanor count of “False Information or Report.” The misdemeanor count came after Totemoff gave police a false name when officers attempted to arrest her on the outstanding Anchorage warrants.