Alaska State Troopers Arrest Coach Suspected of Smoking Pot

Tech. Sgt. Brian Zeisel with the 168th Security Forces Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard at Eielson Air Force Base recently graduated from Noncommissioned Officer Academy here at the Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center. Zeisel is a fulltime Alaska State Trooper who appears on the National Geographic Channel with his K9 partner “Argo.” (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The coach of a girls’ basketball team from a rural Alaska village was arrested on suspicion of smoking marijuana between games at a tournament.

Alaska State Troopers say 23-year-old Kaylena Charlie of Minto (MIN-toh) was arrested Thursday in Nenana (nee-NA-nah).

Online court records Friday did not list the case and it was not known whether Charlie had retained an attorney. She remained jailed Friday morning in Fairbanks.

Troopers say an officer contacted Charlie and a male friend smoking at the front door of the Nenana School, which was hosting an eight-team tournament.

Troopers say “No Smoking” signs were posted at the door and Charlie was smoking between games.

She was arrested with 20-year-old Lethearen Jimmie. Both were transported 60 miles (96 kilometres) north to Fairbanks and held without bail.

The Associated Press