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By Tim Leeds 

Two Havre men accused of meth offenses

 

January 21, 2014



Correction: The print version of this story misreported charges were filed against Cory Habeger. Charges had not been filed as of 8 a.m. Jan. 22. The corrected version is below:

A Havre man faces felony charges, and charges are pending against another, stemming from allegations they were using or selling drugs in Havre.

The Hill County Attorney made a motion to file charges after an officer responded to a call about a third man “freaking out,” after allegedly consuming drugs with the two men.

Wesley J. Hansen, born in 1987, faces felony charges of criminal possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; criminal possession of methamphetamine; and use or possession of property subject to forfeiture, $254.75 in U.S. currency, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia including glass pipes, a metal pipe, an empty plastic bag and a digital scale.

The Hill County Attorney requested permission to file against Cory J. Habeger, born in 1987, felony charges of criminal possession of methamphetamine; criminal possession of the prescription painkiller hydrocodone; and use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture, to wit, six firearms, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia including the glass pipes, a metal pipe, an empty plastic bag and a digital scale.

State District Court Judge Dan Boucher denied the motion to file the forfeiture charge, writing in his order that probable cause was not established requiring forfeiture of the weapons. The judge granted the Hill County Attorney’s motion to file the possession of drugs and possession of paraphernalia charges. The charges had not been filed as of 8 a.m. Jan. 22.

According to a court document, a Havre police officer noticed two men standing outside a residence on the 900 Block of 1st Avenue in Havre about 3:45 a.m. Jan. 8. The men seemed to be acting strangely given the time and temperature — the low hit 11 degrees that morning.

About 20 minutes later, the officer was informed by the police dispatcher that a person east of Havre City Hall was “acting strangely,” the document says. The officer found a man matching the description walking across a parking lot on the 100 Block of 7th Avenue. The officer said the man was acting strangely, and he believed the man may have been under the influence of drugs.

The man, Alex Eakins, pleaded guilty in Havre City Court Jan. 10 to a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of marijuana. Jan. 8, he told the officer he had purchased drugs from Habeger and “done a line” and started “freaking out” the document says.

After the man asked the officer to remove something that was on his back when nothing was there, the officer called for emergency medical technicians to check his condition, the document says.

The officer and another Havre police officer responded to the location where the man said he had done drugs, which was the location where the officer had noticed two men acting strangely earlier, the document says.

The officer reported that as they approached the house, he saw Haberger and Hansen sitting at a table inside the residence, and when he knocked on the door, he saw Habeger grab something off the table and put it in his pocket and saw Hansen push items behind stereo speakers on the table.

When the officer asked Habeger if he had any drugs on him, Habeger said yes and took a vial from his pants pocket that contained a substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine, the document says.

Habeger allowed the officers into the house to look for items, and the officers later obtained a search warrant for the residence, the document says.

The officers found numerous items used as drug paraphernalia, the document says, including plastic bags often used to package drugs for sale, one with 1.7 grams of a substance that field tested positive for meth and others that were empty or had residue in them, and three glass pipes with white residue in them, a metal pipe and a digital scale. They also found a Powerade bottle that apparently had been converted to a water pipe, or bong, to consume drugs.

The document says the officers also found a prescription bottle with Habeger’s name on it that contained a hydrocodone pill that did not match the prescription on the bottle, for an antianxiety medication.

Officers found six firearms in Habeger’s room, as well as plastic bags with residue in them and three hydrocodone pills, on top of a bookshelf more than 6 feet tall, that did not match the May 2013 prescription he had for the drug, found on a prescription bottle in his room, the document says.

Habeger told an officer that he had purchased two of the firearms and inherited the rest, the document says.

In Hansen’s room, officers found a lock box in the closet, the document says, which contained plastic bags with three containing a total of close to 4 grams of a substance resembling meth and two empty bags, as well as $254.75. Under his bed, inside a zippered pouch, officers also found a glass pipe.

Concealed above a mirror in a bathroom, officers also found a syringe and found a spoon with residue on it in a storage room next to the bathroom, the document says.

 

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