Nome man has marijuana handler's permit revoked after heroin import arrest

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Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 11:11 AM AKST
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The Marijuana Control Board unanimously voted to revoke a marijuana handler’s permit for a man charged with trying to import heroin to Nome.

On Oct 29, Quincy James Iyatunguk, 28, was arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with 8.8 grams of heroin. Alaska State Troopers say the heroin had been concealed internally.

The amount of heroin was said to make 88 individual doses and was valued at roughly $10,560, according to troopers.

On Wednesday, members of the Marijuana Control Board considered whether or not to take Iyatunguk’s handler permit. Members of the board say he was a manager at Good Leaf, a Nome-based marijuana store.

When arrested, Iyatunguk was transporting marijuana to Nome. Erika McConnell, the former director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, says the marijuana “did not state the correct manufacturer.”

The marijuana was taken back to Good Weeds, a store based out of Anchorage.

“I will just say there were a couple of cautionary tales here for licensees, know your employees, know who is transporting for you, especially to rural Alaska,” Mark Springer, the chair of the Marijuana Control Board, said on Wednesday.

Iyatunguk was remanded to the Anchorage Correctional Complex to face charges of misconduct off a controlled substance in the second-degree. A $5,000 cash performance bond was posted for Iyatunguk on Nov. 6.

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