Pilot accused of flying alcohol to dry villages

Pilot accused of flying alcohol to dry villages
March 2, 2013 Kyle Evans

 

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Prosecutors say a Fairbanks pilot turned a blind eye to the illegal alcohol carried in his Cesna 206 on numerous trips to dry or damp communities in Northwestern Alaska.

“Dry” or “damp” villages are communities that have passed laws banning or restricting the sale of alcohol, where a 750-milliliter bottle can fetch up to $250.

Importing more than 10 liters is a felony.

The Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit says in an affidavit that 60-year-old pilot Ken Jouppi made 10 bootlegger flights in 2010 to the communities of Ambler and Shungnak.

The affidavit alleges that Jouppi made a habit of not asking his passengers questions about suspicious cargo, or even weighing it before takeoff.

 

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