Homicide victim identified as confidential informant for APD's VICE unit

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Nearly two weeks after a man's body was found near the Eklutna Power Plant, a possible motive for his shooting death emerges in federal charges, raising questions about what protections exist for confidential informants cooperating with law enforcement. 

A complaint document signed by ATF Special Agent J.R. Crump Friday lays out a months-long drug investigation by the Anchorage Police Department's VICE Unit that resulted in federal drug and weapons charges for 38-year-old Marquis Eloi and 30-year-old Scotty Mataia. 

The document details five undercover operations to purchase illegal narcotics from Eloi an auto shop on East 66th Avenue during the months of June, July and August. Mataia was present during several of the interactions. 

Homicide victim identified as confidential informant for APD's VICE unit
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