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Fairbanks man arrested during drug bust

A Fairbanks man was arrested at the Golden North Motel on Saturday for allegedly selling...
A Fairbanks man was arrested at the Golden North Motel on Saturday for allegedly selling heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone from a room in the hotel.(John Dougherty/KTVF)
Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 6:06 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A Fairbanks man was arrested on Saturday after Alaska State Troopers received a tip about drugs being sold from a hotel room. According to charging documents, Michael Cofey Senior, 61, was allegedly selling heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone pills believed to contain fentanyl from room 126 in the Golden North Motel in Fairbanks.

Troopers responded to the hotel to serve Cofey an outstanding arrest warrant. According to Troopers, he allegedly tried to flee the hotel room and was tackled before being placed in handcuffs.

Troopers found $940 in cash, 58 oxycodone pills that are suspected to be counterfeit and contain fentanyl, 10.5 grams of methamphetamine, and 2.5 grams of heroin.

According to the charging document, fentanyl laced pills where linked to a large number of overdoses in the fall of 2020, including one fatal overdose in the Fairbanks area.

Cofey was interviewed at the Trooper Post in Fairbanks and said the drugs found in his pocket were given to him by someone he called Rosie. He also initially claimed that the money had come from his stimulus payment and then later he said he had not gotten a stimulus payment and that he had borrowed the money from his nephew.

Cofey was charged with two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, one count of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of resisting arrest.

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