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.