Mail used to send drugs to Valdez police say
Tommy Watson arrested on felony charges after tipsters contact cops
Valdez police say a Valdez man is behind bars after receiving anonymous tips that he had been selling illegal drugs he’d been receiving through the US mail.
Last Thursday, police say they arrested Thomas “Tommy” Watson, age 33, who is now facing two felony drug charges.
“These specific tips kind of moved pretty fast,” said Bill Comer, police chief, within a week of first hearing the allegations. “These specific details, we were able to substantiate.”
According to a police press release, the tipsters specified that Watson was selling multiple drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamines.
“A subsequent investigation determined that Thomas Watson was in Valdez and had possession of methamphetamine which he was actively trying to sell,” police said. “As a result, Valdez Police Officers arrested Thomas Watson, and seized approximately 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, having an estimated street value of $1,500 dollars. Police also seized a handgun, vehicle, and $250 in cash.”
Watson is currently charged with a single count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, a Class B felony, and one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, a class C felony.
“This was kind of a target of opportunity,” Comer said.
Police say this is an ongoing investigation and that more charges are likely after a possible grand jury hearing and review by the District Attorney.
“I think there will be a firearms charge,” Comer said but did not speculate further, and did not comment on possible investigation by other law enforcement agencies or the nature of any investigation into the allegation that Watson received illegal drug deliveries in Valdez via the post office.
“We’ve been in contact with some other agencies from out of state,” Comer said.
As of Monday, police said that Watson was still in custody at the Valdez Jail Facility with bail set at $10,000 and a court approved third party release requirement.
“In this case it worked out,” Comer said of the tips, which were described as crime stoppers style. “It’s a really good score.”