Two charged in drug conspiracy related to killing of VICE informant

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - In a strange twist to an already complicated case, federal drug charges have been filed against two men following the killing of a man whose body was then left near a Mat-Su power plant.

Marquis Eloi and Scotty C.T. Mataia are listed as defendants in court documents that allege that they were running a drug conspiracy. The documents say a confidential informant working with Anchorage VICE officers, who had bought drugs on behalf of the police investigation, was found dead.

The complaint states that VICE had used an informant to make controlled buys of drugs and guns multiple times at a business on 66th Ave. in Anchorage. The business is located near two Anchorage schools, Rilke Schule German Immersion School and Polaris Elementary School, which are across the Seward Highway from the business.

When investigators raided the shop on Sept. 6, they reportedly found $70,000 in cash; many stolen weapons; scales; a drug transaction log; and other paraphernalia. Eloi was arrested a week later, after he was released from the hospital from an apparently unrelated health issue, but made bond and was released the same day.

According to federal documents, a witness saw the informant, now dead, on the night he went missing. The same witness said they saw him at the shop with the two defendants, heard a scream and then a gunshot.

When found at the Mat-Su power plant, the informant's body was on top of commercial-grade plastic, used in masking vehicles, that was also found in the auto body shop where the buys were being made.

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When Anchorage Police searched the business a second time and showed Mataia a photo of the informant, whom police have since identified as 35-year-old David Cargill, Mataia reportedly told the officer that Cargill was the person "who told on us."

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Eloi faces federal charges relating to being a felon in possession of a firearm, drug conspiracy and possession of a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking, while Mataia faces charges of drug conspiracy and possession of a firearm related to drug trafficking.

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