Coast Guard finds marijuana paraphernalia on fishing boat

Posted: Friday, April 07, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- A routine boarding of a fishing boat in Kachemak Bay this week turned into a drug case, the Coast Guard said Friday.

Coast Guard officials said a boarding party from the cutter Sedge on Wednesday found marijuana and two marijuana pipes aboard the vessel Lady Mary.

The drug search started after the boarding party smelled marijuana in the boat's pilothouse.

The evidence was turned over to state troopers. Trooper Sgt. James Hibpshman in Homer said the amount of marijuana found was very small and that he didn't expect to bring charges.

A first offense of illegal drug use aboard a fishing boat is a misdemeanor. A second offense becomes a felony.

According to commercial fishing records, the Lady Mary is owned by Dale Malchoff of Port Graham. The Coast Guard didn't say whether Malchoff was aboard the vessel when it was boarded.

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