Coastside fisherman wants meth trial

Posted: 19th October 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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The coastside fisherman arrested for possession of methamphetamine only months after crashing his boat declined to settle his case yesterday, instead opting to stand trial in January on three misdemeanors.

Duncan Fergusson MacLean, 62, appeared in court Thursday to either accept a plea deal or arrange for trial on three counts of drug possession and being under the influence. He chose the latter, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.


MacLean returns to court Jan. 7 for a pretrial conference and jury trial Jan. 28.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested MacLean July 6 after stopping him for a broken taillight. A search reportedly turned up a small bag of methamphetamine and a smoking pipe in his pants pockets.

MacLean allegedly told investigators he has used methamphetamine for years for pain relief because of a bad back.

MacLean is a prominent fisherman on the coast having served as president of the Half Moon Bay Fisherman’s Marketing Association and as an adviser for the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association.

In May, he crashed his vessel, the “Barbara Faye” into a beach in Marin County. He reportedly fell asleep after fishing for two straight days. He passed a field sobriety test several hours after the crash and was instructed to take a drug test within 32 hours of the incident but failed to do so.

MacLean is out of custody on a $7,500 bond.



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