Monday, April 21, 2008

911 hang-up call leads to coke bust

A Hermantown, Minnesota police officer responding to a 911 hang-up call made an unexpected discovery on Wednesday — a suspected cocaine user and dealer.

Gordon Maclean was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and first-degree possession with intent to sell and was being held on $10,000 bail.

Hermantown officer Jozef Miketin responded to Maclean’s home Wednesday night, where he noticed a woman running into a closet. Maclean told officers an unwanted woman was in his home. As Miketin was questioning the woman, he noticed a mirror with a white, powdery residue left out in plain view. After detaining Maclean and the woman and obtaining a search warrant, officers found about 45 grams of cocaine in the home.

“That’s a considerable amount of powder cocaine for our city,” Padden said, estimating the cocaine was valued at about $4,000. Officers also found more than $5,100 in cash.

The woman admitted to snorting cocaine and drinking with Maclean. She was transported to a hospital for treatment and was not charged in return for cooperating with law enforcement.

Maclean had no previous drug history, Padden said. “He was operating under the radar. It was a good catch by a very observant patrol officer.” (info from Duluth News Tribune, photo from Daily Mail)

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