City of Valdez Press Release: Narcotics Trafficking Investigation

For immediate release: 10/08/2019 2:00 p.m. Valdez, AK

On 10/4/2019, the Valdez Police Department, with assistance from the Alaska State Troopers, executed multiple search warrants in the Valdez area as a result of a prolonged narcotics trafficking investigation. In addition to these search warrants being executed, several suspects were arrested for their part in narcotics sales in Valdez.

Matthew S. Ward [DOB:6/7/1985], of Valdez, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for three counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree [Methamphetamine Sales]. Ward was held at the Valdez Jail until posting a $10,000 unsecured bond and a $2,500 cash bail.

Joshua A. Tucker [DOB: 8/8/1992], of Valdez, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree [Methamphetamine Delivery]. Tucker was held at the Valdez Jail on a $2,500 cash bail until arraignment, after which he was released on an unsecured bond of $10,000.

Robert C. Gillespie [DOB: 3/20/1963], of Valdez, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree [Methamphetamine Delivery]. Gillespie is currently being held at the Valdez Jail on a $3,000 cash bail.

Breanne S. Estrada [DOB: 3/23/1992], of Valdez, was arrested for two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree [Cocaine Sales].

Travis G. Hunt [DOB: 5/26/1993], of Valdez, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree [Methamphetamine Delivery]. Hunt is currently being held at the Valdez Jail on a $1,500 cash bail.

Additional outstanding felony warrants related to the narcotics trafficking investigation include:

George H. Flood [DOB: 1/9/2001], of Valdez, has an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree [Psilocybin Mushroom Sales] and two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4th Degree [Alprazolam Sales]. Flood’s arrest warrant carries a $2,500 cash bail.

Ramsey C. Barton [DOB: 4/8/1988], of Valdez, has an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree [Psilocybin Mushroom Sales] and two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4th Degree [Alprazolam Sales]. Barton’s arrest warrant carries a $2,500 cash bail.

Jamie M. Guttierrez [DOB: 4/4/1996], of Valdez, has an outstanding felony arrest warrant for two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree [Methamphetamine Sales]. Guttierrez’s arrest warrant carries a $2,500 cash bail.

For additional information, contact: Sheri Pierce, City Clerk/PIO, 907.834.3408, spierce@valdezak.gov