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Alaskan Cocaine Pipeline Shut Down

We’re all familiar with the oil pipeline and the benefits we accrue from the revenue. This is the one example of material flowing out of Alaska – most of what we use is imported, including our drugs. Now, with the indictment of three in Anchorage, in what is being touted as the largest Alaskan drug bust ever, the coke pipeline has been cut.

The three men, all under 30, are charged with attempting to distribute more than 100 pounds of cocaine. The seizure represents the most cocaine ever captured on its way to Alaska. That’s right, not all the cocaine made it into the state.

The drugs were shipped and intercepted. Two packages from Las Vegas and two from Washington State were involved with one making it through. One of those arrested was caught attempting to deliver a package containing 26 pounds of the drug.

The charges also mention an unindicted coconspirator involved in the conspiracy which had been ongoing since December of 2010. The coconspirator has turned state’s evidence after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute. Mihla Hall received a duffle bag of cocaine (26 pounds) in Anchorage at Meyer’s. She’s agreed to a 10 year sentence, although this may be reduced after she testifies.

The question, after this huge bust, is just how much cocaine is flowing into the state? How much are we missing? This batch was destined for Fairbanks, according to prosecutors. That leaves a lot of Alaska out of the picture. Maybe the pipeline is still flowing and we just don’t know about it. After all, Alaska is a great state for imports. Everything costs more here.

According to Narcotic News the price for a gram of cocaine in Anchorage isn’t much higher than anywhere else – just a bit more than Hawaii and less than in Iowa. Price is driven more by the risk and demand than by location. At $150 a gram, the profits far exceed the costs of transportation – until you go to prison. Prison throws all the calculations out the window.


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