News Release
October 9, 2008
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Number: (206) 553-1162

Fairbanks Drug Dealer Facing 30 Years to Life

OCT 09 -- (ANCHORAGE, AK) – DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin and the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Alaska, Karen L. Loeffler, announced that on October 3, 2008, Joseph Martin Wubbold, of Fairbanks, Alaska, was convicted on charges of two counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and three counts of criminal forfeiture.

On July 2, 2007, Fairbanks Police responded to a complaint of a disturbance in a vehicle between a man and a woman outside of a Fairbanks residence. Upon arrival, Wubbold was found in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and was in possession of a small lock box that contained firearms, methamphetamine, other illegal narcotics, a scale, and a large quantity of cash. On April 20, 2008, the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that had crossed a lane of oncoming traffic. After attempting to pull the vehicle over, the vehicle took off and turned into the wrong lane of traffic. While the vehicle was still moving, the driver jumped from the vehicle and continued fleeing on foot. Troopers pursued and eventually caught up to the driver, who was identified as Wubbold. Inside the vehicle was a locked bank bag and safe in which Wubbold was found to have the key to the bank bag in his possession. The Troopers executed a search warrant on the car and the items inside, and found several firearms, ammunition, methamphetamine, marijuana, other illegal narcotics, two scales and a large quantity of cash.

This investigation leading to the conviction in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Patrol Division of the Fairbanks Police Department, an the Alaska State Troopers.