Two Charged With Selling Meth In Ongoing Trooper, Nome Police Investigation

First heroin, now meth—as two more Nome residents are behind bars after allegedly selling methamphetamine.

Court records and affidavits from Alaska State Troopers charge 29-year-old Chad Jacobson and 28-year-old Joan Miller with selling methamphetamine to a
confidential informant in November of last year [2014].

Both were arrested last week. Troopers say the arrests are related to the yearlong investigation by the Troopers WAANT–the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team–and Nome Police that resulted in two heroin-related arrests last month.

In November, investigators say Miller—who they identify as Jacobson’s girlfriend—delivered 2 grams of meth to a police informant in a controlled purchase. Field and lab tests identified the substance as methamphetamine.

In an affidavit filed with the Nome court, investigators claim Jacobson set up that sale—and only sent his girlfriend at the last minute. Just days later, Troopers set up another purchase, for another 2 grams of meth. This time, Troopers say, it was Jacobson who made the sale—delivering two “dime-sized bags … containing a white crystal substance” that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Miller and Jacobson were formally charged in Nome court on Friday—for one count each of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third
degree, a felony drug charge that carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Messages to the attorneys handling the cases were not returned Tuesday. Miller’s bail was set at $5,000, while bail for Jacobson was set at $15,000. Both remain in custody at Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center.

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Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

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