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Anchorage man arrested with $50,000 of drugs at Salmonfest campsite

Sam Nelson of X Ambassadors performs at the amphitheater stage.
Riley Board
Sam Nelson of X Ambassadors performs at the amphitheater stage.

Troopers seized an estimated $50,000 worth of illegal drugs from a tent at the Salmonfest music festival in Ninilchik this weekend.

According to an affidavit from Alaska State Troopers, officers were tipped off by festival security about psychedelic mushrooms being sold from a campground near the fairgrounds. Troopers located Joshua Brown of Anchorage, operating under the name “Charlie Hussle.” Brown was on parole for a first-degree assault out of Anchorage, and was not allowed to travel outside of the Anchorage area or possess controlled substances as conditions of his parole.

In Brown’s tent, troopers say they found meth, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD and hundreds of grams of an unknown substance suspected to be a synthetic drug. Troopers estimated the street value of all the drugs in Brown’s tent to be around $50,000.

Brown is charged with eight total counts: four charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree, and four charges of the same crime in the fifth degree. The affidavit says troopers expect to bring more charges once the seized drugs are weighed and identified.

Riley Board is a Report For America participant and senior reporter at KDLL covering rural communities on the central Kenai Peninsula.
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