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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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Jody    

New captain wants old Captain's kid off the boat. I wonder who will win out in this situation, the captain or the kid?

1386 days ago
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Michelle    

The Captain is Hired, Jake is part Owner, I doubt the Captain could just kick him off. Probably why the cops were called.

1386 days ago
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Michelle    

I'm sure the person Cornelia was behind the Captains decision to call the cops. She is also an owner.

1386 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

Maybe he tried to deal with it on his own, but Jake (are we sure it really was Jake?) got out of control or just ignored the captain. Captain turns around and threatens to call the cops, Jake (we're assuming) ignores him, and the captain acts on his threat. If that's the only way to help him, then it must be done...

1386 days ago
20.

Carl    

They need to fire him from the boat and the show. Let him see there are big financial consequences to this. Not only that but he risks people's lives by not being at 100%.

1386 days ago
21.

Me2    

come on tmzers put it together he was either smoking the oxycontin which is pretty weird to do cuz it smells or shooting up the oxycontin which is also stoops to do cuz the boat rocks around so i imagine it gets pretty messy (if you can picture it)

1386 days ago
22.

Rick James    

I'll be he was railing Oxy 80's

1386 days ago
23.

carol    

Get hime off the ship and stay off until he's clean. Just what is needed, a high deckhand on a ship that has waves rolling around it of 40' or more in the middle of God's water. A lawsuit waiting to happen if something goes wrong.

1386 days ago
24.

Emm    

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...

Posted at 10:36 AM on Nov 29, 2010 by djdeej94

I'm with you... It's funny how he was doing great and celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family in honor of Capt. Phil.

This is the same Capt. that stated he didn't want to replace Capt. Phil before his death. What a joke!

1386 days ago
25.

Green AnTiCs    

paraphinealia is syringes.

1386 days ago
26.

stumpy    

The cops didn't find anything
looks like someone was looking for an excuse
looks like a lot of hard feelings and a captain
trying to get the police to take care of his problems for him.
if the guy is abusing prescription drugs he is a danger to the crew and needs to be put off the boat if not the captain needs to grow
up you don't get choir boys on a fishing boat.

1386 days ago
27.

Nicki    

Ok going to clear up a few things.

When Jake sought help "last time" he was only there for a little bit then his father died. After that he had said he wanted to kick it on his own.

Now as far as the boat goes. Josh, Jake and Cornelia Marie Devlin own it. She owns more of a stake hence the name Cornelia Marie.

1386 days ago
28.

Julie    

Jake was abusing painkillers so what paraphenalia was found? This story sounds suspicious to me.

1386 days ago
29.

kanyeisgay    

Life is short, party hard Jake !! Better to burn out than fade away , my my hey hey !

1386 days ago
30.

Sharon    

I have serious doubts about the veracity of ANY story from a website that uses Perez Hilton as a credible source.

Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? "Reports say this" ... "Reports say that" ... Reports have been known to be WRONG.

Why not wait until the facts come out before you condemn the kid?

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