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By Emily Russo Miller
Juneau Empire

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The general manager and head chef of Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki, a restaurant with delivery service in downtown Juneau, was indicted Friday for possessing methamphetamine.

Angelo Bruce Kim, 51, is scheduled to be arraigned on the federal charge in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday. The Office of Public Advocacy was appointed to represent Kim, and bail was set at $2,500.

Prosecutors charge that in mid-December an anonymous caller tipped off the Juneau Police Department a Korean man named Bruce who worked at Kenny’s Wok was distributing methamphetamine from his apartment above the restaurant. The caller said he or she had personally seen Kim give methamphetamine from a sandwich bag.

About three weeks later on Jan. 4, JPD received another anonymous tip that “Bruce Lee” was expected to pick up a suspicious package addressed to Kenny’s Wok at the Mendenhall Valley Post Office. Officers intercepted Kim, who was donning a chef’s apron at the time, at the post office, and opened the package with his consent.

According to an affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp, the package contained three glass methamphetamine pipes and two bags that contained crystal methamphetamine.

Kim denied knowing a person named Bruce Lee and anything about the package, according to the affidavit.

A JPD investigation found a postal employee at the post office said Kim had picked up the package when the employee called out for Bruce Lee, and that he had previously called the post office at least twice wanting to pick up the package, according to the affidavit.

JPD officers then applied for and were granted search warrants for Kim’s vehicle and apartment in the 100 block of Front Street above Kenny’s Wok. JPD found drug paraphernalia, including glass methamphetamine pipes, and “dime” baggies in Kim’s apartment, prosecutors said.

Kim could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, and neither could his employer, the owner of Kenny’s Wok, Kwang “Kenny” Yoon. Workers at the restaurant said Wednesday another chef and manager had been brought in to replace Kim until his name is cleared.

The grand jury charged Kim with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for knowingly possessing methamphetamine, which is a class ‘C’ felony.

The search of Kim’s apartment in early January unexpectedly yielded a second criminal case, though charges in that case have since been dropped.

JPD officers found fake IDs in Kim’s apartment, allegedly belonging to Sung Hun Bag, 40, a California resident according to his drivers license. Kim brought Bag to the police, and through an interpreter, Bag told officers that he had received the fake IDs from a friend.

Officers asked Bag to produce a resident alien card, and when he couldn’t, police contacted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE informed JPD that Bag had tried to enter the country in Los Angeles via Mexico with a forged passport in 2000, according to an affidavit, also filed by Kemp.

Bag was arrested on suspicion of forgery and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. A search of his residence also found several photos matching the photographs on other IDs, as well as checks, financial documents, and credit cards in several different names, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors recently dropped those charges — two counts of second-degree forgery, class ‘C’ felonies — shortly after Bag was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 5.

Phone calls to Bag’s attorney public defender Grace Lee seeking comment went unreturned Wednesday, as did phone calls to ICE.

JPD said on Wednesday that an investigation into Bag’s case is still ongoing.

“The investigation is still ongoing in this case, and we have nothing further to release at this time,” JPD spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said via email.

Online court records show Bag does not have a criminal history.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at moc.e1508713485ripme1508713485uaenu1508713485j@rel1508713485lim.y1508713485lime1508713485.