Hermantown man arrested on cocaine charges

A Hermantown police officer responding to a 911 hang-up call made an unexpected discovery on Wednesday — a suspected cocaine user and dealer.
Gordon Aldous Maclean, 58, of Hermantown was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with first degree possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession with intent to sell. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Hermantown officer Jozef Miketin responded to Maclean’s home on Rose Road at 9:16 p.m. on Wednesday, where he noticed a woman running into a closet. Mac-lean told officers an unwanted woman was in his home. As Miketin was questioning the woman, he noticed a mirror with a white, powdery residue left out in plain view, Her-mantown Deputy Police Chief Shawn Padden said. After detaining Maclean and the woman and obtaining a search warrant, officers found about 45 grams of cocaine in the home.
“That’s a considerable amount of powder cocaine for our city,” Padden said, par-ticularly considering that Maclean wasn’t a known or suspected drug dealer. Padden estimated the cocaine was valued at around $4,000. Offi-cers also found more than $5,100 in cash in Maclean’s home.
The woman admitted to snorting cocaine and drinking with Maclean throughout the day. The woman, an associate of Maclean’s, was transported to a hospital for treatment, and was not charged in return for cooperating with law enforcement, Padden said.
Maclean, who is scheduled to next appear in St. Louis County Court on May 5, had no previous drug history, Padden said.
“He was operating under the radar,” Padden said. “It was a good catch by a very observant patrol officer.”