Fort Yukon Woman Raises 30K for Drug Sniffing Dog
A determined Fort Yukon woman has raised over $30,000 to bring a K-9 drug detection dog to the Fairbanks airport in order to stop narcotics from flying into villages.
For the last 30 days, Kelly Fields has been hard at work in that northeast Alaskan village.
She has been raising funds to fight the meth epidemic that has devastated her town.
Fields first felt the need to do something after seeing known drug pushers fly into the village and deal meth before leaving several days later.
After speaking with the Fort Yukon community and coming up with the idea for the K-9, she reached out to the Fairbanks Airport Police to see if they could help.
Once everyone crunched some numbers, Airport Police Chief, Sean Martinez, told her it would cost about $26,000.
Within a month, Fields collected the money.
Martinez says as long as the paperwork gets approved, he hopes to have the K-9 working the airport by April.
Fields says that by keeping the drug detection dog stationed in Fairbanks, 30 rural communities could benefit from the K-9.
Kelly Fields; Fort Yukon Resident>>"There were a handful of us that had a community meeting to get meth out of our town. A few ideas came about but what one really stuck is the K-9 unit. It grew out from there. Why just worry about Fort Yukon when we have so many other villages surrounding us. I have a few motives, to make my community safe for my younger generation and my elders and for people who want to sober up."
If you would like to donate to the cause, you can visit the Go Fund Me page and search "Stop meth to our villages."