The owner of a financially struggling novelty gift and porn boutique in Mill Valley was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of selling methamphetamine at the store, authorities said.
David McDonald, the proprietor of The Pleasure Principle at 74 Throckmorton Ave., was taken into custody after state and local drug agents served a warrant at the shop.
McDonald, a 70-year-old Fairfax resident, is suspected of selling methamphetamine and selling a chemical precursor used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, said Tim Jung, an agent with the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
Jung declined to release further details about the case, which is also being investigated by the West Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team. The Marin County Major Crimes Task Force and the Mill Valley Police Department also assisted, said Mill Valley police Sgt. Paul Wrapp.
No other suspects were arrested Wednesday, Jung said.
The store has been at its current site since 1966, when it was a jewelry store operated by McDonald and his father. When the elder McDonald left in 1971, the store began to evolve from a jewelry store into a novelty shop that carried marijuana pipes, sex toys, adult films, posters and other knickknacks.
McDonald was set to be evicted from the store at the end of the month. He said he has been struggling amid years of declining revenues and has been late on his rent for the past year and a half.