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Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing meth

An aerial view of Allakaket, Alaska. Photo: Steve Hillebrand / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Allakaket Tribe banished four people accused of spreading methamphetamine around the village in Alaska.

The tribe held an emergency meeting last week to discuss the issue, Alaska Dispatch News reported. Afterward, four men -- two tribal citizens and two non-citizens -- were flown out of the village on the tribe's dime, the paper said.

"Overwhelmingly, we chose to banish the distributors/dealers to protect the communities from more harm," Chief PJ Simon said in a letter to The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "Meth is very destructive and will be not be tolerated in our community —zero tolerance."

The village of Allakaket is located in Interior Alaska, about 190 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

Read More on the Story:
Allakaket tribe banishes 4 amid claims of meth use (Alaska Dispatch News 2/27)
Chief Of Allakeket Tribe Explains Banishment Of Four People From Village For Meth Dealing (CBS News 2/27)
Allakaket banishes 4 people over meth (The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 2/24)