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Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:53 pm

PALMER — Law enforcement didn’t show up randomly at a home on Carefree Drive Friday, rather officers were there as part of an investigation “focused on the continuing controlled substance distribution, possession of stolen property and trading in stolen property for controlled substances” in that house, according to court documents.

And they wound up arresting two people — Ernesto Avila, 40, and Amber Magee, 22, of Wasilla. Avila owns the home and was charged with all of the theft and drug distribution charges. Magee was arrested on a warrant for an old theft charge.

In documents filed in court against Avila, Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Pat Nelson writes that on Jan. 27, he was granted a search warrant for the home based on an ongoing investigation.

Troopers served the warrant Jan. 31. Related to the drug counts, they found:

• a .44-caliber revolver under the mattress in the master bedroom;

• a Glock handgun under a blanket on the floor in the same room;

• a “small straw with a crystalline substance” on it;

• more straws cut short;

• eight grams of a powder that tested positive for cocaine;

• a digital scale;

• and a cellphone with two text messages “requesting to purchase drugs from Avila.”

Related to the theft, troopers uncovered:

• a Lenovo laptop stolen from a vehicle in Anchorage in April 2013. The owner said it cost $2,100;

• a Sony PlayStation 4 still in the box. Police records show it was stolen Nov. 21, 2013. The victim told troopers it cost $399.99;

• and two 46-inch Samsung LED televisions stolen from Wasilla Walmart on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 respectively. Nelson writes that they sell for more than $600 each.

“Ernesto Avila was home during the service of the search warrant. Avila advised it was his house and that the room where the guns, cocaine, PlayStation and laptop were found was his room, but claimed he does not know anything about those items,” Nelson writes.

Avila was arrested at the scene charged with weapons misconduct under the statute outlawing possessing a gun while committing drug crimes, drug misconduct for allegedly possessing and selling drugs and keeping a house in order to sell drugs from it, and felony theft charge.

Though Avila has numerous entries in court records for previous cases, his only other felony arrest came in April 2013 when he was charged with felony drug possession. The charge was later dropped.

Magee’s case dates back to October 2013, when she was charged with stealing more than $500 worth of property, a felony-level crime.

As of Monday afternoon, both Avila and Magee were still listed in jail records as inmates of the Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility.

Mat-Su Borough property records show the home where the pair was arrested belongs to Avila and was appraised last year at $265,600. Carefree Drive is in a small enclave of residential homes just south of the Parks Highway and just east of the car dealership on that side of Seward Meridian Parkway.

Contact Andrew Wellner at 352-2270 or

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1 comment:

  • PainintheButte posted at 4:41 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    PainintheButte Posts: 184

    Two temporarily down....many many more to go


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