Arrest of Anchorage fugitive is nothing new for Valdez police
Out of town drug dealers passing through town have had ties to other crimes
Street drugs valued at $50,000 were seized from the vehicle an Anchorage fugitive drove to Valdez two weeks ago.
Valdez police arrested Taming Ting Jr. in the parking lot of the Best Western hotel a week ago Saturday after Anchorage police contacted Valdez law enforcement asking for assistance in apprehending the 31-year Anchorage man.
Ting was wanted by Anchorage police for allegedly ramming a patrol vehicle in Anchorage and fleeing the scene.
Police in Valdez said a search warrant for Ting's vehicle was obtained after his arrest.
"After execution of a search warrant issued for Ting’s vehicle, Valdez police officers seized drug paraphernalia as well as 13.8 grams of methamphetamine, 26 grams of brown heroin, 13.2 grams of black tar heroin, and 10.5 grams of cocaine," Police said in a press release issued after the Valdez Star went to press last week. "The controlled substances were tentatively identified using field test kits and forwarded to the State of Alaska Crime Lab for positive identification. The seized drugs have an estimated minimum street value of $50,000."
Ting charges stemming from the Anchorage incident included two counts of assault, criminal mischief, and felony eluding.
"Valdez police officers successfully boxed in the vehicle and executed a felony arrest without escalated use of force, injuries, or damage to property," Police said. "Two female passengers were detained, questioned, and released at the scene. VPD transported Ting to the Valdez Regional Jail and impounded his vehicle. Following the arrest, officers recovered a handgun from Ting’s personal effects."
Police say Ting's run in with Anchorage police occurred in early June.
"According to the Anchorage Police Department, just before 3:30 a.m. on June 8th APD officers observed a grey 2016 Chevy truck in the Diamond Boulevard area of Anchorage," police said. "The vehicle matched descriptions of that used by Ting, a felon with an outstanding warrant for his arrest."
Anchorage police attempted to apprehend Ting at that time.
"APD officers initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. When the suspect vehicle stopped for a red light at the intersection of Minnesota Drive and West International Airport Road, an APD officer moved his patrol car in front of the vehicle to block it in," police in Valdez said. "Ting rammed the patrol car with his vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. APD discontinued the pursuit due to dangerous conditions. The officer sustained minor injuries from the collision and the patrol vehicle was towed from the scene."
Police said last week that Ting remained in the Valdez Regional Jail "on two separate warrants as well as a new criminal charge of third degree misconduct involving weapons (MIW). Ting’s warrants have a “no bail” condition. Bail for the new MIW charge is set at $50,000 and a court approved third-party custodian."
A number of high profile defendants with ties to the illegal drug trade in Anchorage have been arrested in Valdez in recent years.
In 2013, Valdez police arrested Timothy Miller of Anchorage and uncovered evidence of gang-related drug violence that included sexual torture, kidnapping and other crimes involving drugs and firearms and violations of HIPPA regulations.
In 2015, that arrest led to the conviction of five defendants on Federal charges.
According to police accounts and Russo’s press release, federal indictments claim Miller, and associates Phosavan Khamnivong, age 33, Anaoi Sialfi, age 25, and Stuart Seugasala, age 38, engaged in “home invasions” of other drug dealers “in order to obtain controlled substances for distribution…”
The indictment also described an incident where Miller allegedly shot cell phone video footage of a torturous rape involving two victims and a curling iron, which the indictment claims was carried out at Seagasala’s order as “retribution” for an unpaid drug debt. Russo alleges the video footage was kept to “…so that it shown to others who owed them drug debts.”
The violent crimes have led to a yet another indictment against Stacy Laulu, an employee of an unidentified medical center in Anchorage, where two of the three victims were treated. Prosecutors claim Laulu provided Seugasla confidential health information about the injuries and treatments of the victims.
Russo said Laulu has been indicted on two charges involving violations of the HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, “by disclosing protected health information to another for malicious harm.”