Man charged with trespassing and possession of meth

Andrew C. Tucker, 49, has been charged with one count of criminal trespass in the first degree and violation of the Uniform Control Substance Act — methamphetamine. Both are gross misdemeanors.

Tucker pleaded not guilty in San Juan County District Court. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 11. Tucker, who is being represented by Lawrence Delay, has another pending case in district court that involves trespassing, malicious mischief and methamphetamine possession.

On May 22, deputies responded to a report of a man who would not leave the premises of an Eastsound daycare and early learning center while it was open with children present. While en route, the deputy found the suspect walking on North Beach Road.

Tucker identified himself and explained he was new to the island and wanted to learn about the community. He stated that he observed children playing outside the preschool and entered the building to conduct “research.” According to the probable cause statement, when Tucker was asked if he had children, he said yes, and then told the deputy his five children are adults.

Preschool staff asked him to leave repeatedly, but he refused, believing he had a right to be in a public place. The deputy explained it was private property. Tucker also stated he had recently left a rehabilitation center for methamphetamine addiction. The deputy observed white powder on his nostrils. Tucker explained he used meth the day before, after getting out of rehab.

According to school staff, Tucker seemed disoriented and agitated. After being asked to exit the premises by two staff members, he stepped past them and wrote “Blessing and angels good 1st kinder .24” on the chalkboard. He was advised the police were being called. He allegedly stayed on the property until after the phone call was made.

After being placed under arrest for trespassing, Tucker admitted to having a meth pipe in his pocket. Deputies also found 4.2 grams of methamphetamine on his person.