KODIAK — A local man has been charged with several felonies after the United States Postal Inspection Service intercepted parcels containing “bulk quantities” of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and alprazolam pills (commonly known as Xanax). Law enforcers subsequently found cocaine, LSD, several firearms and almost $40,000 in cash in the defendants home.
Luke Bunting, 22, has been charged with three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree –– class B felony charges –– for possession with intent to deliver more than 2.5 grams of cocaine, LSD and psilocybin. In addition, the defendant was charged with three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, also class B felonies. The defendant was also charged with possession with intent to deliver over an ounce of marijuana, a class C felony.
According to an affidavit, the Alaska Department of Public Safety’s Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics team received reports in 2018 and 2019 that the defendant was selling various illegal drugs.
Between May and July 2018, USPIS intercepted four parcels that contained “bulk quantities” of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and alprazolam pills that were being shipped to Bunting’s PO Box in Kodiak. The parcels contained roughly 192 grams of alprazolam pills, two pounds and five ounces of marijuana and 2.6 ounces of psilocybin. Following the interception of two of these parcels in May 2018, Bunting was spotted coming into the post office to inquire why he hadn’t received the parcels.
On May 13 an investigator spotted and filmed Bunting depositing $5,000 into his account at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Later that day, the investigator received a report from USPIS detailing the previously intercepted parcels and noting that another parcel had been delivered to Bunting’s address in April. The shipping information matched that of the intercepted parcels and all the parcels showed signs of being related to dark web activity. The dark web is a series of encrypted websites that are accessed anonymously, and is often used for the exchange of contraband.
On Friday, a Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics team, along with the Coast Guard Investigative Service and Kodiak Police Department, executed a search warrant at the Bunting’s residence for suspicion of drug dealing.
The search unearthed 8.7 pounds of marijuana, 12.7 ounces of psilocybin mushroom, 7.3 grams of cocaine (separated into individual baggies), 213 doses of LSD, and three pounds of suspected edible marijuana products.
The search also unearthed three firearms –– two loaded handguns and a shotgun –– and $39,500 in cash, along with a money counter, digital scales, baggies and a calendar detailing the defendants profits. In addition, materials and documentation relating to dark web activity was discovered.
Bail was set at $1,000 cash. Bunting is due to appear in court for a preliminary hearing May 28.