Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Anthony Michael Kean, 32, of Eastsound has been charged in San Juan County Superior Court with one count of violation of the uniform controlled substances act — possession of methamphetamine.

His arraignment was held on Dec. 2 and he entered a plea of not guilty. A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2020.

On Oct. 21, Kean turned himself into the courthouse after failing a urine analysis that was required as part of his probation for possessing a controlled substance. A corrections officer searched Kean’s backpack, which he had brought to the courthouse with him. While conducting an inventory of the backpack, the corrections officer discovered six yellow, oval-shaped pills in a hygiene kit and a small bag with residue and a rubber tube. According to the probable cause statement, Kean said he “did not know the pills were inside the backpack.”

The small yellow pills were identified as alprazolam, which is a schedule IV controlled substance. Kean again allegedly stated he didn’t know what they were and had forgotten they were in his bag. A deputy performed a field test on the residue, and it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Kean’s criminal record includes taking a vehicle without permission in the second degree and criminal impersonation in the first degree in Skagit County; possession of heroin and methamphetamine; four counts of driving with a suspended license in the third degree; bail jumping; two counts of driving under the influence; assault in the fourth degree; burglary in the second degree; two counts of minor in possession and residential burglary in San Juan County; one count of driving with a suspended license in the third degree in Burlington, Washington; and one count of driving with a suspended license in the third degree in Anacortes, Washington.