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Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 3:58 am | Updated: 1:27 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement has arrested three people in two oxycodone drug busts.

Ashley Alana Belden, 23, and 25-year-old Shane William Tufford, II, both of Fairbanks, were arraigned Wednesday on one count each of second-degree drugs misconduct, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

In a separate case, Travis Wayne Bean, 22, of Fairbanks, has been charged with three counts of second-degree drugs misconduct.

On Tuesday, ABADE investigators raided Belden and Tufford’s home at Armstrong Apartments. During a search, they located 37 80-milligram pills of Oxycodone, a powerful prescription pain reliever, and more than $47,000 in cash.

Most of the money, $45,000, was located in a bedroom safe along with a handwritten tally of transactions, according to a criminal complaint filed in court. Investigators could find no evidence that Belden or Tufford had a prescription for the drug.

Tufford has several prior misdemeanor convictions related to drunken driving and drug possession. Last month, he was indicted on one count of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred 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 their 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 already had identified Tufford. That case is still pending.

Tufford, a standout football player while at West Valley High School, was one of a handful of local players to join the Fairbanks Grizzlies for their 2008 inaugural season. He only played one year with the team as a linemen.

Belden has several prior misdemeanor convictions.

ABADE spokeswoman Megan Peters would not say what led to the bust, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Bean was arrested this week after a months-long investigation by ABADE. In October, the agency was contacted by an Oxycodone user who offered to provide information about Oxycodone dealers in Alaska.

Beginning in February, the informant made three Oxycodone buys at Bean’s apartment in the 3000 block of College Avenue, court documents allege. In each case, Bean, whose only prior criminal conviction is for consuming alcohol as a minor, would reportedly sell 80-milligram pills of the drug for either $110 or $130 each.

Peters would not say if the information from the informant led to both busts. She also declined to say if the arrests were connected to the arrest Tuesday of an Anchorage woman who is accused of acquiring 3,500 Oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $187,000.

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