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Ketchikan man charged for heroin package

A 21-year-old Ketchikan man was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Bertram W. Nathan was arraigned Sunday on charges of second- and fourth-degree controlled-substance misconduct; and second- and fifth-degree weapons misconduct. As of Monday, he remains in custody at Ketchikan Correctional Center on $5,000 bail.

According to the Ketchikan Police Department, local law enforcement worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on the case. The Postal Inspector had intercepted a package containing 2.25 ounces of heroin, allegedly mailed to Nathan.

Ketchikan Police Department Lt. Joe White estimated that the drugs have a street value of $30,000. He said the heroin was removed before the package was delivered to Nathan.

Police served a search warrant at Nathan’s Woodland Avenue home, where they allegedly found drug paraphernalia, a .40-caliber handgun with multiple loaded magazines, and a switchblade knife.

A 17-year-old girl also was contacted at the residence, and was released to her parent.

Nathan’s next scheduled court appearance is a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 14th in Ketchikan District Court.

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