Neighboring houses raided days apart

Wednesday warrant search of 4th Street house involved U.S. Postal Service

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies, including Juneau Police, Alaska State Troopers and the FBI served a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Fourth Street Wednesday afternoon, just a few days after a warrant search on the neighboring house. (Courtesy photo)

Less than a week after a multi-agency warrant search of a house in the 400 block of Fourth Street that blockaded several roadways, federal law enforcement descended on the neighboring house Wednesday afternoon.

 

The Juneau Police Department and the FBI confirmed that they assisted in the newest warrant search, at 427 Fourth St., but deferred to the U.S. Postal Service as the lead investigating agency. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service did not return several calls for comment.

Neighbors said that about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, local, state and federal officers showed up and handcuffed two people, with about a dozen law enforcement agents and officers at the scene until past 8 p.m. It was not known if any arrests were made and no arraignments appeared on the online calendar Thursday for the U.S. District Court.

The week before, JPD officers searched the house at 423 Fourth St., with assistance from the State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Several men who had been staying at the house on a visit said the warrant was for stolen property, but they did not believe any was located. No arrests were made, JPD Lt. David Campbell said, adding that there is an ongoing investigation.

Both houses, at 423 and 427 Fourth Street, are owned by Breffni Place Properties, a corporation formed by Kathleen Barrett — the owner of the Bergmann Hotel around the corner, which was condemned by the city in March. Barrett’s son, James Barrett, did not respond to requests for comment Friday or Wednesday.

 


 

• Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 523-2246 or liz.kellar@juneauempire.com.

 


 

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