Police arrested a Haines man following a drug bust Wednesday, in which methamphetamine, cocaine and more than 50 marijuana plants were found.
Dean Lari was arrested and arraigned on two felony charges Thursday and two additional felony charges Friday.
They include three possession charges, which are class C felonies, and one more serious class B felony charge involving manufacturing or delivering drugs.
According to court documents, all of the charges stem from a police sting on Wednesday in which Lari was caught selling six grams of cocaine. Police obtained tape of Lari saying he would sell an ‘8 ball’ of cocaine for $275. Police provided the cash for the sale to an ‘associate’ who bought the drugs. They observed the exchange and pulled Lari over as he was driving away.
After seizing the cocaine from that sale, police obtained a warrant to search Lari’s house. There, they found a line of cocaine, a small plastic bag with a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, and two marijuana grow rooms. Police say there were 33 mature plants and 24 seedlings in the rooms, totaling 57 plants. Alaska law allows adults over age 21 to possess as many as six marijuana plants. Officers also found small plastic bags and scales in the residence.
Police Chief Heath Scott commended his officers on the case.
“This is the type of work we’re going to continue to do here in the borough,” he said.
Lari was released from the Haines jail Friday on $4,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Oct. 27.