Alaska State Troopers

WASILLA — Authorities seized tens of thousands of dollars in heroin, meth and guns this month in a sweeping drug bust following at least a month of investigation.

Alaska State troopers with the Mat Su Valley Drug Enforcement Unit began investigating heroin distribution in early December following the death of a 22-year-old Houston man who died in his home after purchasing and ingesting heroin.

A series of arrests started on Dec. 2 with the arrest of Sawyer Gruben, 21, of Fairbanks, with 13.46 grams of heroin and two firearms as he left the Palmer residence of Hiram Ducasse, 26. Troopers and Palmer Police searched Ducasse’s house the next day, and came a way with 35 grams of heroin, a handgun and $8,226. Police also arrested Ducasse.

Two other subjects, Samuel Hubbard, 29, and Michael Trudeau, 28, both of Wasilla were also identified after that arrest. Hubbard was arraigned Dec. 18, after Troopers arrested Hubbard at his house on Dec. 11.

Hubbard’s arrest led to the Dec. 12 arrest of Deborah “Deb” Thomas, 54, of Desert Hot Springs, California, at the Anchorage airport. Troopers arrested Thomas and subsequently seized 107 grams of heroin “concealed internally,” according to a troopers press release.

In all, the investigation involved 11 search warrants and resulted in the seizure of 177 grams of heroin, 8.4 grams of meth (for a total street value of $53,000) nine guns (three of which previously reported as stolen), and $10,3.90 in cash.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Here's the complete text of today's trooper dispatch:

In early December, the Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in the Mat-Su Valley (SDEU-MatSu) began an investigation into the distribution of heroin. On 12/2/2015 SDEU-MatSu, with assistance from Palmer Patrol, contacted Sawyer Gruben, 21 of Fairbanks, as he left the Palmer residence of Hiram Ducasse, 26 of Palmer. Subsequently, 13.46 grams of heroin and two firearms were seized. Gruben was arrested for MICS 2nd and remanded at MatSu Pretrial where he was held on $1500.00 bail. (AK15096585)

On 12/3/2015 SDEU-MatSu, with assistance from Anchorage WAANT, SCIU and Palmer Patrol, served a search warrant at Ducasse’s residence in Palmer and subsequently seized 35 grams of heroin, a handgun and $8226.00 in currency. Ducasse was taken into custody at Palmer Probations and remanded without bail for MICS 2nd. A female identified as Angela McCready, 23 of Wasilla  was later indicted for MICS 2nd and currently has an outstanding $50,000.00 arrest warrant for her involvement. Three other subjects were identified as being involved in heroin sales related to this investigation and were identified as Samuel Hubbard, 29 of Wasilla, Michael Trudeau, 28 of Wasilla and a female from out of state identified as “Deb” from Palm Springs, California.

 On 12/11/2015 SDEU-MatSu, with assistance from Anchorage WAANT, SCIU and Palmer Patrol, served a search warrant at Samuel Hubbard’s residence in Wasilla and subsequently seized 8.4 grams meth, 21.7 grams heroin, 8 firearms and $2164.00 in currency. Hubbard was arrested for MICS 2nd and remanded at MatSu Pretrial Facility and held on $25,000.00 bail. Trudeau was later indicted and currently has an outstanding $25,000.00 arrest warrant. Investigation revealed the out of state source was Deborah Thomas, 54 of Desert Hot Springs, California and that Thomas was flying into Alaska on 12/12/2015 with heroin. (AK15098627)

On 12/12/2015 SDEU-MatSu with assistance from Anchorage WAANT interdicted Thomas as she arrived at the Anchorage Airport and subsequently seized 107 grams of heroin which she had concealed internally. She was subsequently arrested for MICS 2nd and remanded at Anchorage jail and held on $20,000.00 bail. (AK15098970)

In total, 11 search warrants were served resulting in 177 grams of heroin and 8.4 grams of meth with a street value of $53,000, nine firearms (three of which have been confirmed stolen) and $10,390 in currency was seized. The investigation was triggered by the death of a 22 year old Houston man who was found to have died at his home after purchasing and ingesting heroin. (AK15097673)

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