Anchorage bust nets heroin, fentanyl totaling 10-plus pounds

Investigators say they seized more than eight and a half pounds of heroin and more than two and a half pounds of fentanyl pills in the recent arrest of an Anchorage man on federal drug charges.

According to the charges against 36-year-old Derrick Harbin, investigators found more than 1,000 grams of heroin in a package in the mail March 28. The next day, they replaced the heroin with fake drugs and delivered the package to the East Anchorage residence to which it was addressed.

Eventually, the charges say, Harbin arrived, took the package and opened it at a different location, also in East Anchorage. Federal authorities swooped in, searched that residence and found another 2,900 grams of heroin and the 1,200 grams of fentanyl pills, a powerful prescription opioid, according to the charging document.

Prosecutors noted in another court filing that Harbin, also known as “King,” has prior drug convictions and could face a high mandatory minimum sentence if convicted in the recent case.

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Casey Grove is the host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media with an emphasis on crime and courts. Reach him at

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