A 31-year-old Barrow man is accused of being involved in large shipments of marijuana mailed to the P.O. box assigned to a local college where he worked.
Elekana Saga Aina was arrested Tuesday in Barrow after an 18-month investigation. He is charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance and is being held on $150,000 bail.
North Slope Police say Aina allegedly was involved in several shipments of marijuana ranging from three- to-23 pounds.
Police say a post office box assigned Ilisagvik College was used. Police Chief Leon Boyea says Aina had been employed at the college as support staff.
Police say $114,000 in cash deposits were made by several people, mostly at a local Wells Fargo branch, and appear to have colluded with Aina.
More arrests are expected.