Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Wasilla man after a month-long investigation revealed he provided heroin and methamphetamine to Mat-Su Valley teenagers, including his 17-year-old girlfriend.
Troopers arrested 20-year-old Clay M. Katzmarek, Jr. on Thursday for selling and giving away heroin and meth to several teenagers ranging from 15 to 17 years old, as well as for setting up drug deals that provided drugs to minors.
Katzmarek was arrested Thursday at his Wasilla home.
The investigation began in February, when Troopers spoke with a mother and her 17-year-old daughter. The 17-year-old told investigators Katzmarek provided her with both meth and heroin several times starting in September 2013, and said they used the drugs together multiple times through February 2014.
After a home drug test found traces of meth and heroin in her daughter’s system, court documents show the mother obtained “a 20 day stalking order” against Katzmarek on her daughter’s behalf.
Despite the order, court records show the 17-year-old and Katzmarek communicated regularly. The 17-year-old told investigators she and Katzmarek would send text and social media messages, often discussing drugs and using special icons and pictures to reference meth. Investigators say they also found additional messages where Katzmarek used a “separate account under a fake name” because he was forbidden from contacting her.
Court records show the two would set up times for the 17-year-old to sneak out of her home to meet Katzmarek to do drugs, often in his truck. Documents show several times Katzmarek brought the drugs to the 17-year-old’s school and the two used them there.
Eventually the 17-year-old and her mother turned the daughter’s cell phone over to Troopers, who were able to recover “hundreds of text messages” between the 17-year-old and Katzmarek, as well as pictures showing the two together. In addition to social media accounts seized through a search warrant, investigators found “messages between (Katzmarek) and other people where he openly discusses his drug dealing and drug usage, including methamphetamine and heroin.”
Using other messages from Katzmarek’s “social media account,” investigators say he “either offered drugs to and/or provided drugs to” a 15-year-old female, a 16-year-old male, two 16-year-old females, and a 17-year-old male.
In an interview with Katzmarek, a signed Trooper affidavit shows he admitted to providing meth to the 17-year-old several times. He also admitted to setting up a meth deal between the 15-year-old female and one of his “drug associates.”
When investigators told Katzmarek they knew he provided heroin to as many as six minors, a Trooper affidavit shows he responded by saying, “I understand that, what are you wanting to do about that?”
Katzmarek faces seven counts of first-degree felony “misuse of a controlled substance charges,” and seven additional drug charges. He also faces one charge of violating the conditions of his release.
Court records show Katzmarek is already awaiting trial for additional felony drug charges stemming from a December 2013 case currently in the Palmer court.
After being arrested Katzmarek was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility in Palmer with bail set at $100,000.
Troopers say investigation into additional victims and suspects is ongoing.
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