KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A 40-year-old California man was arrested Friday in Ketchikan on two counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after law enforcement officials intercepted a Ketchikan-bound postal package containing suspected heroin and oxycodone.
Kevin B. Szal of Stockton, California, was transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center and held on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.
The arrest stemmed from an investigation by Ketchikan Police Department officers, with assistance by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Alaska State Trooper Drug Detection K9 unit, regarding the import of heroin and oxycodone into Ketchikan, according to a KDP news releases issued on Monday.
A postal package sent from California and addressed to a Ketchikan post office box was intercepted. A search warrant was executed, with the subsequent search of the package finding about 122.8 grams of a brown powdery substance that field tested for the presence of heroin, according to court documents. In addition, the package contained 50 suspected 30 mg. oxycodone hydrochloride pills.
“The investigation resulted in multiple search warrants and three involved persons contacted as they attempted to obtain the shipment,” stated the KPD release.
Based on the investigation, Szal was arrested on the two second-degree MICS charges for attempting to posses heroin and oxycodone with the intent to distribute the drugs, according to KPD. The charges are Class B felonies, according to the court documents.
“The case is continuing and more charges are pending,” stated the KPD release.