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Two Arrested, Three Charged In Nome Heroin Bust

Anchorage Police Department confirms the identity of deceased person as Martina Painter. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.

TWO people have been arrested—and a third faces charges—in a multi-agency effort to crack down on the illegal sale and distribution of heroin in Nome.

The arrests were made after a year long undercover operation conducted by the Nome Police Department and Alaska State Troopers’ Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, or WAANT.

Kevin Beamish, 22, and Yvonne Adkison, 22, were brought into custody Thursday night after Beamish allegedly sold 0.2 grams of heroin to an undercover officer with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team.

The officer had been in contact with Beamish since January 2014 and reports having purchased heroin — in an undercover capacity — three times from the suspect.

Troopers report that Beamish entered and exited the home of Yvonne Adkison Thursday before delivering the drugs to the undercover officer. Adkison was also arrested. Troopers say a search warrant for her home revealed roughly three grams of heroin, almost $2,000 in cash, and Alaska Airlines tickets in her name.

Adkison is a dive tender featured on the Discovery Channel reality television program Bering Sea Gold.

A separate investigation revolves around 30-year-old Kelly McDaniel, against which 11 felony charges for “misconduct involving a controlled substance” were filed Wednesday, Dec. 3. The charges allege McDaniel sold heroin and methamphetamine to an undercover officer on three separate occasions from March to July.

Nome Police report two of those sales took place within 500 feet of Nome Elementary School, a designation that amplifies the charges against McDaniel.

A warrant was issued for McDaniel’s arrest the Thursday, Dec. 4, but he has not been arrested and as of Tuesday, Dec. 9, the warrant for his arrest was canceled by the Nome court. It was unclear Tuesday what impact the cancelled warrant would have, if any, on the 11 drug charges.

Nome Police Chief John Papasodora said in an emailed statement that “all suspects were arrested without incident.”

He added that Nome Police Department K9 unit Icon was “used extensively in the case.” In all, ten grams of heroin were seized in the arrests, along with “scales, cash, paraphernalia, and vehicles,” according to police.

Court documents show that Beamish and Adkison were arraigned last week. Beamish faces eight felony drug charges and is being held on $20,000 bail. Adkison faces three felony drug charges and is being held on $30,000 bail. Both are scheduled to appear before the Nome District Judicial Court on Dec. 15.

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared online that stated McDaniel was arrested and in custody; though initially confirmed by law enforcement officials, that information was inaccurate. The above corrected text reflects the fact that charges have been filed against McDaniel and a warrant for his arrest has been canceled as of Tuesday, Dec. 9.


  1. Dawn on December 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Nice work Nome PD and Alaska State Troopers!

  2. Michael Ahkinga Sr. on December 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Now thats team work!! instead of W.A.A.N.T it should of been A.W.A.N.T Alaska Western Alcohol Narcotics Team …

  3. Violet LaForhe on December 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Great job!!!!

  4. Raymond Julius Larsen Jr. on December 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Making nome a better place good going!!!

  5. Cat on December 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Crack down, no need for drugs In Our community

  6. Masterd Dan on December 10, 2014 at 11:11 am


  7. jimmy carlisle on December 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    once again what a waste of resources on a on going investigation for over a year and they arrested only two people only people.

    If it was a major drug bust then how come they only got two people?

    What about the supplier the person that sold the drugs to the person that sold the drug s the Nome?

    To me all that money and resources that was spent on just arrest just two people, wad a waste.

    If they had a year-long investigation then how come they did not get more people in jail?

    It’s sad that the taxpayers money was used for only to arrest only two.
    Not to mention the money that came from the state troopers to make this happen.

    If my understanding the heroine in Nome is used by many people and that is becoming a problem that is worse than marijuana then how come they didn’t arrest more people for the use of heroin if they were staking out that house.

    should have been more people arrested dealers, users and suppliers what a waste of resources of money and time, just to arrest two people and an third one for a misdemeanor violation and a fourth one that they releasing.

    • Jamie Horton on December 18, 2014 at 3:34 am

      Sorry to disagree with you Jimmy. If it takes drugs and dealers off the street, it is not a waste of money. Wish they had gotten more, but hey, every little bit off the streets counts for making Nome a better place.

  8. hans campbell on December 12, 2014 at 3:15 am

    just say no to drugs and youll be fine

  9. […] Both were arrested last week. Troopers said the arrests are related to the yearlong joint investigation by the Troopers WAANT, the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team, and Nome Police; that joint effort resulted in two heroin-related arrests last month. […]

  10. […] several counts of distribution and possession of the drugs. A warrant for McDaniel’s arrest was first issued in December, but that warrant was later cancelled and McDaniel appeared in court this week on official […]

  11. Ava on February 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    That’s sad what drugs do Bering Sea Gold was my favorite show

  12. steve d. on June 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    1)Did this Heroin come from Afghanistan ? if so ,why after years of fighting a war , spending billions of bucks , the death and maiming of soldiers and civilians , do the Poppy fields still fund terrorism ?

    2) The War on drugs is nothing but Political theater meant to employ mostly Conservative Politicians , Police , elected Judges & D.A.s etc.

    3) Considering the lack of funding to follow ISIS members in the USA — Who is more of a threat , 2 people with a couple of grams of Heroin or some guy shooting at cartoonists ?

    4) If the heroin came from Mexico are HSBC and or the Managers of any other financial institutions caught laundering money for the Mexican cartels in Jail yet ?… if not then why not ?

    5) Weed has been legal in States ………… So when does the Apocalypse Start ?

    steve dockeray
    milner bc