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Havre man sentenced for possession of meth


A Havre man received three years probation for having more than a gram of methamphetamine.

Eric William Koop, born in 1982, received a three year deferred imposition of sentence for the felony offense of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Koop’s sentence is part of a plea deal and he can have the offense struck off his record if abides by his conditions.

Officers went over to a residence Nov. 1, 2016, after Koop reported to police that a 17-year-old girl needed attention. When they arrived, officers noticed that Koop was the only person there. He was in an altered state of mind and “seeing things that were not there,” according to court documents.

The officers noticed methamphetamine paraphernalia in the kitchen and called Safe Trails Task Force agents.

Koop told agents people were hiding in the residence because they were scared of cops. Agents searched the residence and found no one.

After finding a snort tube, a bong and glass pipe, agents applied for a search warrant.

As Koop rose off the couch, he took something from the cushions and put it his jacket pocket. A struggle ensued after Koop refused to reveal what he was hiding. While on the floor, he threw the object under the couch. Officers found the object, a red cigarrette box with 1.2 grams of meth inside it.

The search resulted in the finding of additional paraphernalia like a digital scale, another glass pipe and prescription pills with someone else’s name on the bottle.


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