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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) -- Five Ketchikan residents have been arrested on charges of trafficking more than $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine over the past 18 months.
Ketchikan Deputy Police Chief John Maki said a federal indictment was returned last month for Ronn Roseberry, 41, of Longview, Wash., a part-time Ketchikan resident.
Also indicted were Twila Davis, 40, Susan McKitrick, 41, Sabrena Vitcovich, 38, and Betty Duvall, 40.
The U.S. Postal Service on May 12 referred a suspicious package to the Ketchikan Police Department. The police used Morea, Ketchikan's narcotics detection dog, to investigate the package, Maki said.
Upon obtaining a warrant to open the package, police found 5.2 ounces of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $21,840, said detective Andy Berntson.
"The package was just the beginning," Berntson said.
Two days later, on May 14, police seized an additional 3.8 ounces of methamphetamine, which has a street value of $16,000, Maki said.
Roseberry is accused of obtaining drugs over 18 months in Washington and using the other defendants to distribute 15 to 20 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of about $1.3 million, Maki said.
"It's the biggest amount I've seen in the four years I've been here," Berntson said.
Police, Alaska State Troopers, the U.S. Postal Inspectors Service, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Washington state's Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force took part in the investigation.
A federal conviction for distribution of a controlled substance could result in a prison sentence from 10 years to life, Maki said.
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