'Deadliest Catch' worker suspect in Unalaska drug probe
Production manager is among 18 accused.
Unalaska police say "Deadliest Catch" worker sold and used cocaine
To make it clear through all the "hype" around this story, NONE of the Captains or Crew of the Boats shown on Deadliest Catch are currently charged or connected to this police action. The people charged locally are NOT the wonderful people you see in my blog every week. If you take it by cold, hard numbers, based on the population of town a little over 5,000, this accounts for fewer that 0.0036% of the residents of the town. The MAIN people caught up in this are NOT full time, or even Long time residents. They are like druggies everywhere; shiftless, conniving, selfish people who only care about themselves. THEY ARE NOT REAL UNALASKANS! We are glad to see them gone. I can't tell you how many times I have seen regular citizens go up and shake the hands of members of the Police Department this week. These people are Scum, and I urge The State to pursue the harshest possible sentences against these worthless losers. The worst thing about this is that some local kids were caught up in this horrid business. I ask the State to show leniency towards these kids. THEY can be rehabilitated. The Adults knew exactly what they were doing and deserve no such consideration.
This is a better story that tells the truth without all the Deadliest Catch Hype.
Police sweep Unalaska users, sellers
By ROSE COX
A major drug bust unwound April 25 and 26 in Unalaska, after a three-month investigation by the Department of Public Safety. Fifteen people were arrested, according to a department press release.
Five ounces of cocaine, 10 ounces of methamphetamine, three-quarters of a pound of marijuana and 80 Oxycontin pills were seized, along with $13,000 in cash. The street value of the drugs is estimated at about $80,000, said public safety director Jamie Sunderland.
Those arrested were charged with more than 30 counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance, including possession, sales, money laundering, and violating conditions of release on previous charges.
The investigation involved an undercover agent who infiltrated drug circles in the communities of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska beginning in January. Officer Patrick Bliss was sworn in as a member of the Unalaska Police Department, and under the assumed name of Nathan Hyde worked with local officers Sgt. Mike Holman and Officer John Waldron to purchase illegal drugs. Some exchanges were made quite openly at area bars, and in taxi cabs. The agent used marked bills and sometimes recording conversations with drug dealers.
Cameron Hutchins, 37, was charged with eight felony counts for selling cocaine and marijuana, according to court records. He sold the undercover agent cocaine four different times between March 12 and March 27, at Harbor View Bar, Cape Cheerful Lounge, Bliss's room at Harbor View Inn and at the airport. In two instances, Hutchins' significant other, Brenda Wallace, was present during transactions. A search of the couple's home turned up more than 4 ounces of marijuana and pot smoking paraphernalia. The investigation showed that the couple invited people who wanted to purchase and use marijuana to their residence at 115 W. Broadway to play video games. Wallace, 49, was charged with three felony drug crimes.
Joanne Lee, 59, was charged with seven felony counts and two misdemeanors for selling cocaine and marijuana to the agent from her Diamond Taxi vehicle in February, March and April. During a search of her home, officers confiscated 10 ounces of methamphetamine and $9,000 in $100 bills. Her roommate, Muoi V. Nguyen, 47, was charged with two felony drug counts.
John "JJ" Bruce Jr., 25, was arrested on three felony charges and charged with supplying Oxycontin, a pain killer, to a minor on more than one occasion. On April 15, officers confiscated 24 Oxycontin pills and $2,200 in cash during a search of his residence at 484 Biorka Drive.
Matthew J. Schneider, 26, a resident of Anchorage who worked as a production manager for the Discovery Channel during the past fishing season, was charged with two felony drug counts.
The bust was not unprecedented in Unalaska, Sunderland said.
"There are always some kind of drug activities we're investigating. But it's been several years since we've done a drug case of this size," he said.
The January investigation involved the use of funds obtained through a U.S. Justice Department grant administered by the state of Alaska, known as the Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant, which allowed the department to hire Bliss.
An April investigation involved police officer Stephan Kelly, who developed information through the use of street contacts that resulted in a search warrant.
"Our officers did exceptionally well at managing this and were tenacious about following up on leads," Sunderland said.
Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt is working with local response agencies and interested community members to develop a plan to "help our young people recognize and enjoy their potential to the fullest," she said in an e-mail.
I have used this article to show that, With all this going on, the Fact that one of them worked for "Deadliest Catch" is rather incidental. There are literally 100 people that come up here to work on that show at the beginning of the season. A 1% failure rate is pretty damn good. The People of Discovery and Original Productions are good people and their image should not be tarred because of one Idiot.
On a Side Note: Matt, I know you read the blog. Turn yourself in and get it over with. You are an idiot, but not a big enough idiot to think you can run forever. Think back to that one talk we had up in the Conference room. You were hanging out with the idiots that got you into this.I told you they were scum. Where are they now? Arrested. I told you they were going to get you in trouble. Turn yourself in, and I will be there in court to support you.
Finally, I have to point out the fact that Several of those responsible for the fake Phil Harris memorial 2 days after his death a few months back were among those Arrested. Almost all the Original Production people were gone when this Occurred and Matt was talked into filming that Fake Memorial by the Same People that got him caught up in all this mess. It was a poor decision and I am sure Original Productions will never show that tape. They are more than welcome to come up and film the REAL Unalaskan/Dutch Harbor Memorial coming up this month. Karma, is all I can say about this. The Wheel turns. KARMA.
The People of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor are some of the finest on Earth, and to have our reputation tarnished by this is Hurtful to many. So this will be the First, Last and ONLY time I will be posting on this. Don't Bother with E-mails, any about this will be ignored, and if you ask often enough you will be blocked.
Thanks to all my loyal fans and followers who I know will help spread the TRUTH about what happened.
Have a great day everyone!