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Large drug bust in Ketchikan

Daily News Staff Writer

A Ketchikan couple was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly possessing more than a quarter million dollars worth of heroin and methamphetamine.

Jason Allen Simpson, 35, and his girlfriend, Angelina Nicole McDonald, 33, were arrested and charged with two counts each of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree — a Class B felony.

According to the sworn affidavit in the case, Alaska State Troopers contacted the two on Tuesday and they were allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 175 gross grams of heroin and 121 gross grams of methamphetamine.

In addition, law enforcement allegedly recovered “a digital scale covered in suspected heroin and methamphetamine residue, heroin packaged for distribution and a large amount of bulk U.S. currency,” according to the affidavit.

The Daily News reached out to AST Spokesperson Megan Peters for more information, such as where the arrest occurred and how much currency was recovered, but Peters said that AST is declining to provide any further clarification pending the ongoing investigation.

“Preliminary evidence suggests a sustained pattern of selling both methamphetamine and heroin in the Ketchikan area,” the affidavit adds.

According to the affidavit, the street value for the heroin recovered was $175,000 and the value of the meth was gauged at about $80,000.

Both Simpson and McDonald were in Ketchikan Felony Court on Wednesday, where Judge Kevin Miller imposed bail for Simpson at $10,000 cash performance. For appearance, Miller handed down a $5,000 bond with a 10 percent posting requirement.

McDonald’s bail was set lower at $5,000 cash performance and an unsecured $5,000 appearance bond.

Miller explained that the difference in bail is due to the fact that Simpson pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony burglary charge in 2012.

“In this particular case it’s a very serious case, it’s a large amount of controlled substances; those controlled substances wreak havoc in this community and poses serious danger to the community,” Miller said during bail comments in court on Wednesday.

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