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Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 2:20 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man accused of dealing Oxycodone earlier this year was arrested last week at the site of a small marijuana grow while free on bail.

Shane Tufford, II, 25, is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $5,000 bail. He has been charged with one new count of violating conditions of release, a misdemeanor.

Agents from the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement served a search warrant on a Reliance Drive home Wednesday, after receiving a tip that marijuana was being grown there.

They seized 13 large plants. They also found Tufford in the residence next to marijuana, marijuana pipes and paraphernalia for smoking prescription pills, according to charging documents.

Tufford reportedly admitted smoking marijuana, but said he was at the home to feed the homeowner’s horses, and did not know marijuana was being grown there.

Tufford and 23-year-old Alana Belden were arrested in May after ABADE, acting on a tip, raided their home at Armstrong Apartments and located 37 80-milligram pills of Oxycodone, a powerful prescription pain reliever, as well as more than $47,000 in cash.

Belden died a few days later after posting bail.

Tufford faces felony drug charges and a felony charge of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer for allegedly leading Fairbanks police on a high-speed pursuit in February.

Responding to a report of drug activity in the Old Navy parking lot, Fairbanks police officers stopped Tufford in a blue GMC.

Though initially cooperative with the investigation, he fled the scene when a K-9 unit arrived to sniff around his truck.

Police pursued Tufford at speeds of 55-70 mph as he swerved between vehicles on the Steese Highway. Officers terminated the pursuit near Chena Hot Springs Road because of safety concerns and because they had identified Tufford.

Tufford, a standout football player while at West Valley High School and one of a handful of local players to join the Fairbanks Grizzlies for their 2008 inaugural season, is scheduled to take both cases to trial later this year.

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