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Man faces drug, gun felony charges after KPD heroin bust
Left, Ketchikan Police officers take Jeremy Ellis into custody on Tuesday at 1900 Water St. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

Daily News Staff Writer

Jeremy Ellis, 24, made his first appearance on five different felony charges in Ketchikan District Court on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police executed a search warrant on both Ellis’ car and his Second Avenue apartment rental. According to Sgt. Andy Berntson of the Ketchikan Police Department, about an ounce of heroin and two firearms — one of which was allegedly stolen — were found.

Court documents show that Ellis was charged with one count of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree and one count of second-degree theft.

He also was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. In Alaska, individuals with previous felonies are barred from having guns.

The probable cause statement states that when police searched the residence they found a loaded .357 caliber handgun on top of the refrigerator. They also found a loaded 6.35 caliber handgun underneath the seat in Ellis’ car.

“Found in the residence was approximately 33.9 grams of heroin and a digital scale with a large amount of heroin residue,” the statement reads.

According to Berntson, the street value of the heroin seized is about $28,000.

Heroin is typically sold in 1/10-gram units. If broken down to that level, Tuesday’s seizure of the heroin would equate to about 340 doses of heroin being taken out of the Ketchikan market.

“The amount, it’s significant,” Berntson said. “A good chunk.”

Berntson told the Daily News that Ellis is originally from Georgia and was residing in Missouri before he moved to Ketchikan a little while back.

“We believe he’s been in town a little over a month to a month-and-a-half,” Berntson said. “In that residence less than that.”

Berntson said that the arrest was partially a result of ongoing police investigation, as well as other tips and reports KPD had received regarding Ellis.

“Part of it was self-initiated, part of it was based on concerns other people had,” Berntson said. “There (are) a lot of different sources of information.”

“We were executing a search warrant in a residence suspected of drug dealing,” Berntson said. “… We’re pursuing stolen property as well as the subjects were supposed to be — at least reported to have — firearms, and all those things were found to be true.”

In court on Wednesday, some of Ellis’ previous felonies were brought to light, including a 2012 second-degree robbery conviction out of Missouri and a 2013 felony criminal impersonation conviction out of Nebraska.

Ellis is being held at Ketchikan Correctional Center on $20,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is March 16.