Multiple agencies participated in Operation Fall Surprise

Published: Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Multiple law enforcement agencies from around the state conducted a joint-effort to disrupt the drug trade and associated criminal activity in the Fairbanks and North Pole area.

According to a press release from the Department of Public Safety, “Operation Fall Surprise” took place August 16 through 18.

270 grams of illegal narcotics were confiscated, with an estimated street value of over $32,500. Investigators also seized just over 139 grams of Fentanyl pills or powder, which is more than 69,500 potentially fatal doses.

A total of 68 arrests were made. Nine firearms were also seized, as well as $9,367 in cash. The release also states more than 10 search warrants were executed and three vehicles were impounded.

Officers also conducted 173 traffic stops and contacted over 300 people in the connection with “Operation Fall Surprise.”

“The operation highlights the positive impacts law enforcement has on a community,” said Fairbanks City Police Chief, Ron Dupee. “FPD is committed to supporting any effort that makes our community safer and helps get illegal drugs off the streets of Fairbanks.”

Major David Hanson, Deputy Director of the Alaska State Troopers stated, “We will continue to conduct operations like these across the state to make Alaska a safer state to live, work, visit and raise a family.”

Operation Fall Surprise was a joint operation consisting of more than 40 sworn law enforcement officers from a dozen local, state and federal agencies.