280-dose shipment of heroin seized

15 grams of meth also found in bust by Cordova Police, Postal Inspectors

Packages of heroin and methamphetamine were seized on their way into Cordova in an operation by the Cordova Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anchorage Airport Interdiction Team, officials announced Monday, Jan. 25.

One intercepted package contained over an ounce of heroin, or over 280 tenth-of-a-gram doses, CPD officials said. Another package contained around 15 grams of methamphetamine.

One package was seized by Postal Inspectors thanks to tips called in to Cordova police. Tips from the public also led to the arrest of a Cordova resident on unrelated drug possession and distribution charges, Police Chief Nate Taylor said.

“It’s a result of the right information coming together at the right time,” Taylor said.

Removing drugs from the community diminishes the occurrence of thefts and other crimes through which drug users obtain money to support their habit, Taylor said. The bust came shortly after Taylor was promoted from interim police chief to permanent police chief, replacing Mike Hicks, who currently serves as Cordova’s fire chief.

Mayor Clay Koplin congratulated Taylor and thanked the tipsters who helped precipitate the bust.

“Public safety and security is a community effort, and this big win for Cordova is just one positive outcome of the great working relationship between our citizens and the Cordova Police Department,” Koplin said.

The intended recipient or recipients of the packages of heroin and methamphetamine had not been charged as of Jan. 25, CPD officials said. Postal Inspectors are also investigating a Dec. 28 break-in at the Cordova Post Office.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to the CPD at 907-424-6100.