POLICE BRIEFS - 3/7/13
ERHS student at center of two drug arrests
A 17-year-old Eagle River High School student was arrested on drug charges on Feb. 20 after tried to leave school during an in-school suspension for truancy, Anchorage police said.
A police officer intercepted the boy before he left, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. When the boy tried to run, the officer grabbed his backpack and stopped him, then called the boy’s mother to get consent to search the family’s home, Shell said. The officer found marijuana, plastic baggies and a scale. The boy was transported to McLaughlin Youth Center.
That same student’s probation officer received a text message on the student’s phone on Feb. 25 from someone asking if the student wanted to buy some marijuana. The probation officer set up a meeting for APD at Walmart in Eagle River. Police cited and released Marshall McEuen, 20, and Christian Moore, 19, both of Chugiak after retrieving several bags of marijuana, two pipes and a box of baggies, Shell said.
In another, unrelated arrest that day, police stopped April Merculief, 33, of Anchorage for failing to signal and speeding on the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River. The officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle and Merculief admitted to having some in her purse, where the officer found a metal container containing 32 grams of marijuana, Shell said. She was arrested for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.
Anchorage police said they arrested Ricco Rafael Ramos, 23, of Chugiak for driving under the influence on Feb. 23 after stopping him for speeding and drifting on the northbound Glenn Highway near the North Birchwood exit. Ramos, who refused to be tested for alcohol levels, was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2,000 bail.
Another, unrelated DUI arrest involved Kaleo Vicente, 38, of Anchorage on Feb. 24 who was stopped for swerving and driving too slowly. Vicente’s breath alcohol level tested to more than twice the legal limit. He was taken to Anchorage Jail; a bail amount wasn’t available.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.