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Drug Investigation on 'Deadliest Catch' Boat

11/29/2010 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The fishing boat featured on the reality show "Deadliest Catch" was the subject of a police search earlier this month after the captain called cops claiming one of the stars had been abusing drugs on board ... this according to law enforcement.

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The Unalaska Department of Public Safety (Unalaska is a city in Alaska, weird ...we know) tells TMZ ... police responded to the famous "Cornelia Marie" on November 5, 2010 after receiving a call from Captain Derek Ray.

We're told Ray -- who took over the boat after the death of Captain Phil Harris -- told cops Phil's son Jake Harris (a deckhand on the boat) had been abusing prescription drugs while at sea.

Officials tell us ... cops searched the boat and found "paraphernalia" -- but not enough evidence to connect Jake to a crime.

Cops interviewed everyone on the boat -- but so far, no arrests have been made.

UPDATE: A rep for Jake told us "The facts of the case speak for itself, the Unalaska Department of Public Health has confirmed that no charges will be filed as a result of the investigation. Jake is looking forward to returning as part of the Cornelia Marie crew to the Bering Sea for the opilio crab season in January. "

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awards    

What ever happened to maritime law and tossing the junkie overboard?

1360 days ago
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Shannon Steward    

I wonder how much longer that narc of a captain will have his job.

1360 days ago
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Me    

Jake needs serious help. Tough love kind of help as in keep his arse off thr show till he stays clean! Phil tried to help him and I think the BS led to Phil's death!

1360 days ago
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txsal    

This just breaks my heart!!! I thought the boys were trying to purchase the boat...hmmmm. What I'm wondering is what kind of drug paraphenalia? I thought he was a pill head and don't know of any paraphenailia that would go w/ pills other than an empty bottle. If it was pot then the new capt needs thrown overboard anything else then the kid needs kicked off the boat and shipped back to rehab.

1360 days ago
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pat    

Sounds like they're trying to drum up viewership to me.

These guys don't have the time nor the place to get wasted.

And if they are doing or abusing painkillers while out on deck, one of em will go overboard at some point.

1360 days ago
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Me    

I thought he was a pill head and don't know of any paraphenailia that would go w/ pills other than an empty bottle. If it was pot then the new capt needs thrown overboard anything else then the kid needs kicked off the boat and shipped back to rehab.

Posted at 10:34 AM on Nov 29, 2010 by txsal

I saw a show about someone snorting oxy after heating it on aluminum foil...

1360 days ago
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djdeej94    

total publicity stunt. "NEW" captain... and he doesn't just talk to his own deckhands, most notably the SON of Phil? What a crock of crap! PUBLICITY PUBLICITY PUBLICITY and this is no way for a new captain to man his ship by pissing off his deckhands. Apparently, they will make him or break him.... I'm guessing the latter...

1360 days ago
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??    

THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE TO ANYONE. IT WAS DO***ENTED IN THE PROGRAM BEFORE HIS DAD DIED THAT HE WAS A JUKIE. HIS DAD CAUGHT HIM STEALING HIS PILLS IN THE SHOW. LIFE IS HARD HE NEEDS TO GET HIS STRIGHTENED OUT BEFORE HE BECOMES THE NEXT HARRIS TO DIE. WISH HIS DAD WERE HERE TO SET HIS A** STRAIGHT.

1360 days ago
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Sherms    

Come on Jake...we need you on the show and your dad needs you to take over the boat for him. Enough is enough...time to get help.

1360 days ago
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TmZebrA    

I thought he was a pill head and don't know of any paraphenailia that would go w/ pills other than an empty bottle. If it was pot then the new capt needs thrown overboard anything else then the kid needs kicked off the boat and shipped back to rehab.

Posted at 10:34 AM on Nov 29, 2010 by txsal

I saw a show about someone snorting oxy after heating it on aluminum foil...

Posted at 10:36 AM on Nov 29, 2010 by Me
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you can also crush up any pill practically and snort it like coke.this is what happened in the death of wrestling star luna.

1360 days ago
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Politico Pablo    

Should'nt the captain of the boat deal with this problem, rather than call the police on the guy? Sounds more like a vendetta to me.

1360 days ago
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sean    

Cannabis has been used as a painkiller for thousands of years and it will not ruin your liver like narcotic pills will so let him smoke a jay after work if it helps him recover from a grueling job he would be healthier.

1360 days ago
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Quinn    

Drug addiction is a horrible thing. They need to kick that kids arse off that show until he hits his own personal "rock bottom". Just when you think the addict has hit rock bottom, they haven't. It's heartbreaking and frustrating. People around him need to go to meetings to know how to deal with him "tough love" and not to enable him. maybe jail will break him. who the heck knows. every addict is different. addiction totally blows.

1360 days ago
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jon    

well this should be no surprise. he has been dealing with addiction for a while, and then his dad passes. that mustve pushed his addiction even further.

i currently take hydromorphone (dilaudid) for my crohns, and its a great way to treat the pain. the problem is, the screening process for these drugs is to easy to squeeze by. i dont know how it is in the US but it seems that vicodins are given out like bulk jelly beens.

1360 days ago
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Wiley    

Cannabis has been used as a painkiller for thousands of years and it will not ruin your liver like narcotic pills will so let him smoke a jay after work if it helps him recover from a grueling job he would be healthier.

Posted at 10:53 AM on Nov 29, 2010 by sean

There is no "after work" when they are out fishing, they go days with little or no down time or sleep and, contrary to what many believe, potheads are not good workers and are dangerous to others around them. Hopefully he's the one who gets injured or drowned when he screws up.

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