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12/6/2018
Alleged drug courier nabbed in KTN

By ZACHARY HALASCHAK
Daily News Staff Writer

An alleged drug courier was arrested after arriving in Ketchikan from Seattle on Monday. She was allegedly found to be in possession of $26,000 worth of heroin.

Washington state resident Labreea Shaelyn Brown, 20, was contacted by Alaska State Troopers upon her arrival in town. According to the affidavit in the case, two search warrants were executed and she was allegedly found to be in possession of about 26 grams of heroin.

It is not stated in the charging documents how or where Brown concealed the heroin during her transit, but the affidavit alleges that “she intended to deliver (the heroin) to a third party in Ketchikan to be sold in the Ketchikan area.”

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that Brown has smuggled heroin into Ketchikan on prior occasions. Brown has no known connections to the Ketchikan area other than smuggling heroin,” it adds.

In Ketchikan Felony Court on Tuesday, Ketchikan Magistrate Judge Amanda Schulz noted in her bail comments that appearance was a factor, given the fact that Brown does not live in Alaska, and performance a factor due to the alleged quantity of the drug involved.

Schulz ultimately imposed a $1,000 cash appearance bond and a $10,000 cash performance bond, with a $5,000 of that bond being unsecured.

In addition, Schulz imposed a number of conditions of release, including that Brown may not be permitted to leave Ketchikan or visit any entry and exit points — such as the airport or ferry terminal — should bail be posted.

Brown’s next scheduled court appearance is set for Dec. 14.