Neah Bay: Man may face federal prosecution

The federal government and the Makah Tribe will take over prosecution of a Neah Bay man facing charges for the alleged sale of thousands of pounds of illegally caught fish.

Clallam County prosecutors previously accused Brad Balderson of 14 felony counts of preparing false fish-sale tickets and two counts of trafficking in fish, but asked a judge to dismiss the charges last Thursday, pending a federal filing.

A Clallam County Superior Court judge will consider dismissing the charges during a June 15 hearing at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles

Prosecutor Chris Shea said his decision to dismiss the charges follows a meeting between Washington and federal fisheries and legal representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Clallam County and the Makah tribe.

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