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Press Release

Man Indicted for Heroin Distribution in Dillingham

March 7, 2016

On March 4, 2016, 37 year old Joshua Rivera was indicted by the Anchorage grand jury for distribution of heroin in Dillingham in January 2016.

The indictment is a result of an investigation by the Dillingham Police Department. The Dillingham Police Department investigation revealed that on January 4, 2016, Rivera allegedly sold heroin in Dillingham. The investigation also revealed that January 9, 2016, Rivera allegedly possessed more than 10 grams of heroin with the intent to sell it.

The grand jury indicted Rivera on two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, which are Class A felony offenses. If convicted at trial, Rivera faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is dependent on the court’s assessment of the circumstances of the offense  Rivera will be arraigned in Dillingham Superior Court on March 10, 2016. 

The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, heroin is a highly addictive drug and the most rapidly acting opiate. Heroin is also known as the “black tar,” “smack,” and “thunder,” among street names. There is no accepted medical use for heroin in the United States. For more information about heroin, visit Heroin is a schedule IA controlled substance in the State of Alaska.

For more information about drug education and treatment programs available across the State of Alaska visit the Division of Behavioral Health website.

Contact: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or at

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