By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Meth bust leads to three arrests by Valdez police

Brass knuckles seized along with 24 grams of methamphetamine


Three men are in police custody and charged with several felony counts of misconduct of a controlled substance.

Joshua Tucker, age 23 of Valdez, was arrested last Wednesday at the Pipeline Inn after police obtained a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation. His bail is set at $7,500 according to police.

He is charged with felony two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Police later arrested two Anchorage men, described in a press release as "two of Tucker’s known drug associates."

John Everett Gladmon, age 24, and Dane Skyler Dellos, age 24, were arrested Friday as part of what the police press release described as a "multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking operation."

As of Tuesday morning, both men were in the Valdez Regional Jail with bail requirements of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Police say " over five grams of methamphetamine prepackaged into 19 small plastic bags" was seized from Tucker's room at the time of his arrest.

"Additionally, officers discovered Xanax, Clonazepam, measuring and cutting instruments, a grinder, small plastic baggies, and cash in a hard plastic carrying case," the press release said.

Charging documents from Valdez court say that police were attempting to locate the Anchorage men "in a Valdez residence," because both Gladmon and Dellos were "thought to be traveling outside of the Anchorage area without a travel permit while on supervised felony probation."

Court documents state both Gladmon and Dellos are also accused of selling a "controlled substance" to a confidential informant.

Gladmon is also accused of being in possession of brass knuckles.

"Gladmon has three prior felony criminal convictions for misconduct involving a controlled substance within the past year," police said.

A search warrant allowed police to search the premises and police say the investigation uncovered "over 24 grams of methamphetamine in addition to three digital scales, cash, drug paraphernalia, and a set of brass knuckles."

Charging documents say the substance found presumptively tested positive for meth.

The investigation also found an "opiate overdose rescue kit," a handwritten list of chemicals and ingredients used in the manufacture of meth and pipes containing meth residue.

Both men were first arrested on for felony probation violations.

Gladmon is currently held in custody and is facing two felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of misconduct involving a weapon.

Dellos is accused of two counts of felony misconduct of involving a controlled substance.

"Methamphetamine carries a street value of approximately $100 per one-tenth of a gram. Additional unidentified white powder substances found at both locations were sent to the Alaska State Crime Lab for identification," the press release said. "The case remains under investigation. Additional charges for all three men are expected."


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