Drug cases piling up after indictments
Valdez police say suspects targeted younger users
A Palmer grand jury indicted three different Valdez residents last month on felony drug charges in what Valdez police chief Bill Comer said is part of a long-term investigation, with some cases dating back as far as December, 2012.
“As far as related, they were all indicted at the same time,” Comer said in an interview Monday.
The indictments, dated September 13, include offenses involving the illegal sales of amphetamines, methamphetamines and morphine.
Chelsea McClara, age 20, was indicted on four counts of third degree misconduct involving a controlled substance when the grand jury found there was credible evidence that “…McClara knowingly possessed with intent to manufacture or deliver any amount of a…controlled substance, to wit: Amphetamine (Aderall).”
All four charges are felonies, with the alleged violations occurring once each in the months of January, February and March.
Christopher Alley, age 19, was indicted on three felony count, two alleging misconduct with morphine and one with methamphetamine. He was arrested by Valdez police September 16 for incidents that occurred in December, 2012.
Robert Stumpf, age 28, was arrested by Anchorage police Sunday on a Valdez warrant after fleeing town according to Comer.
Stumpf is accused of selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant last spring.
“Stumpf, we did a couple of cases on him,” Comer said “…two of them in May.”
The indictments and arrests are part of ongoing investigations in Valdez Comer said.
“There’s different drug buys we did” over the course of several months, he said. “It’s all part of a continuing plan to deal with the drug problem.”
Last year, parents and educators pushed Valdez police to step up drug investigations and crack down harder on underage drinking after a number of high profile drug and alcohol incidents involving students set off alarms throughout the community.
Comer said the three latest indictments involved suspects police believe were “…targeting the younger population.”
He also said 2013 has a busy year in Valdez when it comes to drug related cases.
“We’re trying to attack drugs on all levels,” he said, not just minor in possession cases, though police continue to be vigilant in seeking underage parties where underage drinking or drug use could be occurring.
He also said he believes efforts to curb underage substance abuse is paying off – so far.
“That number’s dropped off dramatically from last year,” he said of the number of citations issued or arrests made involving underage users.
He credited increased community awareness, extra efforts by police and the DARE program for the reduced numbers of infractions involving minors.