U.S. fisheries agents search Doc Water's

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2008

A downtown pub and restaurant was searched by federal fisheries agents this week.

National Office of Oceanic Administration law enforcement served a civil search warrant on Wednesday at Doc Water's, in the Merchants Wharf on Egan Drive.

NOAA agents enforce state and federal fisheries and wildlife laws.

"Most of our work is done in the water or at the docks," said special agent Matt Brown of the Juneau office.

The reason for the warrant was sealed by the judge who issued it, according to NOAA special agent Ron Antaya. The matter is an open investigation, he said.

"To my knowledge, we have not taken any enforcement action against a restaurant in Juneau before," said Susan Auer, an attorney in NOAA's Juneau office.

The pub is owned by Juneau resident Jason Maroney, who declined to comment on the case Friday.

Wednesday's action was merely a search, not an enforcement action.

During the search, drug investigators were invited to the scene because the agents found an amber-colored liquid they couldn't identify in a bucket, said Trooper Sgt. Tim Birt of the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team. By Friday the liquid was still unidentified, but no longer considered suspicious.

"I don't know what it was, but we didn't identify any drugs in it," he said.

Building manager Daniel Glidmann said he suspected it was a kitchen cleaning product.

The Juneau Police Department was on scene as support, said police Sgt. David Campbell.

• Contact reporter Kate Goldenat 523-2276 or kate.golden@juneauempire.com.

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