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Fairbanks courthouse employee arrested on drug charge is out on bail

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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:16 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Rabinowitz Courthouse employee accused of dealing drugs has been released on $30,000 bail.

Elizabeth Reyna, who supervised clerks on the first floor of the courthouse, was arrested while at work last week after a grand jury returned an indictment. Her boyfriend, Alfred Nelson, also was indicted on the same six felony drug misconduct charges. His bail also was set at $30,000, although as of Tuesday afternoon he had not posted the 10 percent needed to get out of jail.

At a bail hearing Monday afternoon, Reyna’s attorney Nelson Traverso said most of the evidence in the case pertains to Alfred Nelson’s home on Palace Circle, according to court log notes.

Traverso asked Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle to remove the requirement that Reyna post bail and requested permission for Reyna and Nelson to communicate about the care of their two children. Ordinarily, co-defendants are not allowed to communicate during a criminal case.

Traverso also criticized the way Reyna was arrested in the middle of the afternoon in the courthouse, saying it made the case look like a bigger deal than it was.

Lyle kept the bail at $30,000 and said the couple should not need to communicate about care for the children because Nelson remains incarcerated.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crail said at the hearing that Reyna is being charged mostly as an accomplice, according to log notes. But she said there is substantial evidence that Reyna took part in a marijuana grow in another home on Dartmouth Drive. Crail said she requested the $30,000 bail because it was about the same sum that Nelson allegedly threw out of his door when investigators came to search his home in February.

Nelson was arraigned during a much shorter court appearance Tuesday afternoon before Superior Court Judge Douglas Blankenship. His attorney, Kenneth L. Covell, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and did not immediately request a bail hearing.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545

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