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Clear Lake man arrested on felony drug charges
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A 56-year-old Clear Lake man was charged Friday with several drug counts in Crow Wing District Court — including possession of 34.3 grams of hallucinogen mushrooms and 16.3 grams of methamphetamine — after the Breezy Point Police Department arrested the man on July 18.

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Dana James McEachern was charged with felony first-degree sale of 10 grams or more cocaine/heroin/meth within 90 days. This charge carries four mandatory years in prison, and up to a maximum of 40 years in prison.

McEachern, who has a previous felony-level controlled substance conviction, also was charged with second-degree possession of six grams or more of cocaine/heroin/meth; second-degree sale of 10 grams/50 doses of amphetamine, phencyclidine or hallucinogens within 90 days; third-degree possession of 50 or more dosages of narcotic mixture; and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance classified as schedule I, II, III, IV, except a small amount of marijuana.

McEachern also was charged with open bottle, not possessing his proof of insurance, speeding and possessing drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint filed against McEachern:

• A Breezy Point police officer observed a pick-up traveling 53 mph in a 40 mph zone at 5:59 p.m. July 18 on Crow Wing County Road 4 in Breezy Point. The officer learned that the driver, McEachern, was on probation through the Minnesota Department of Corrections for first-degree possession of a controlled substance and conditions of probation prevented the man from using or possession alcohol or controlled substances and that random searches would occur.

• The officer noticed a bottle cap on the passenger floor for “Mike’s Hard Lemonade,” an alcohol beverage. Another officer and a K-9 conducted a search. A black pouch was found that contained a glass marijuana pipe, a small plastic bag containing a substance that resembled hashish and a packet of synthetic marijuana. A cooler in the back seat area contained a partially empty bottle of Jagermeister liquor and several bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. In the back of the truck, there was a black leather bag containing men’s clothing, a black zipper pouch which held a clear baggie containing a large amount of suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms, a smaller pouch containing a clear plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine and an unlabeled medication bottle containing 49 Vicodin pills. Under the zipper pouch, there was a clear plastic bag containing 21 smaller plastic baggies.

• During the transport, officers found additional hallucinogenic mushrooms and three Oxycontin 40 mg pills.

• Officers conducted another search of the vehicle at the police department are found a glass methamphetamine pipe and an additional black pouch in the pocket of the short that had been draped over the front passenger seat. The pouch contained suspected methamphetamine.

• Officers conducted field testing on the suspected hashish. The substance tested positive for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol and had a weight of 1.2 grams. Field testing also was conducted on the two separate bags of suspected methamphetamine. Both tested positive and had a total approximate weight of 16.3 grams. The mushrooms had a total weight of 34.3 grams.

McEachern’s next court appearance will be held July 27.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.

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