Alaska Pilot Convicted of Alcohol Importation

A 70-year-old Fairbanks pilot faces a potential $1 million fine and jail time after he was convicted of turning a blind eye to the illegal alcohol carried in his Cesna 206 on numerous trips to dry or damp communities in Northwestern Alaska.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- A 70-year-old Fairbanks pilot faces a potential $1 million fine and jail time after he was convicted of turning a blind eye to the illegal alcohol carried in his Cesna 206 on numerous trips to dry or damp communities in Northwestern Alaska.
A six-member jury returned a guilty verdict for both Ken Jouppi, 70, and his business, KenAir, for misdemeanor alcohol importation Friday.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Jouppi's actions amount to willful ignorance of the community alcohol ban. Some of the beer was in a bag.
"Dry" or "damp" villages are communities that have passed laws banning or restricting the sale of alcohol, where a 750-milliliter bottle can fetch up to $250.
The company faces a fine of between $200,000 and $1 million.