Two Fairbanks man have been charged with felony drugs misconduct after Alaska State Troopers found them with 3 1/4 ounces of cocaine during a traffic stop.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, a trooper stopped a blue Toyota Corolla for driving 22 mph over the speed limit just south of Healy. The trooper searched the car at the request of a probation officer after a records check showed the driver, Elijah Devon Rausch, 23, was on probation.
The trooper found a pipe and a container of cannabis concentrate in the glove box. He was searching Rausch when he noticed the passenger, Brandon Kade Sheppard, 21, take something from under his jacket and put it down the front of his pants. When asked if the item was a weapon, Sheppard admitted it was a bag of cocaine, according to the complaint. The bag contained approximately 3 1/4 ounces — 88 grams — of cocaine.
Sheppard invoked his right to remain silent, and the car was searched by a drug detection K-9. No further drugs were found.
Sheppard was charged with one count of felony third-degree drugs misconduct. Rausch was arrested for a probation violation and later charged with felony third-degree drugs misconduct after text messages showed he and Sheppard discussed buying the cocaine together.
The men were arraigned Thursday afternoon in in Fairbanks court. Rausch's bail was set at $25,000 and Sheppard's was set at $10,000.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.