TROOPERS: Two Kodiak teens arrested on slew of drug related charges


Two Kodiak teenagers have been arrested on multiple drug related charges after a routine traffic stop lead to deeper investigations, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch Sunday.

On March 5, troopers stopped 18-year-old Dakota Benton of Kodiak around 12:30 in the afternoon, as he was driving in a 1997 Honda Civic, because the front license plate of the car was not displayed properly.

“Benton was found to be in possession of marijuana within 500 feet of the Kodiak Middle School,” troopers wrote. At the time, Benton was issued a citation for not having vehicle insurance and his car was seized by troopers for further investigation.

Troopers say that they later discovered that the vehicle contained over 17 grams of marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine, Xanax pills, alcohol, a safe, close to $240 in cash and drug paraphernalia that indicated sale and trafficking of illegal narcotics.

On March 6, troopers obtained two more search warrants for residences in Kodiak and worked with Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Kodiak Police Department to further investigate the case.

Investigators discovered that a second teenager, age 17, was also involved in the case.

The investigators “found (the 17-year-old) to be in possession of a psilocybin mushroom grow operation, 3.5 grams of marijuana, alcohol, a safe, $651 in currency, and a drug paraphernalia indicative of the sale and trafficking of narcotics.”

The teen, who was not named because of his age, was also found in possession of a stolen handgun.

Benton was arrested and charged with four counts of misconduct involving controlled substances in the third degree, five counts in the fourth degree, two counts in the fifth degree and minor in possession of alcohol.

After consulting with the Division of Juvenile Justice, troopers charged the juvenile with theft in the second degree, one count each of misconduct involving controlled substances in the fifth and sixth degrees, and minor in possession of alcohol.

Troopers say that investigations are still ongoing.