Ex-state trooper pleads guilty to drug theft

Michael Haugen
Michael Haugen

MASON CITY, Iowa – A former Iowa State Patrol trooper accused of stealing drugs is pleading guilty.

32-year-old Michael Haugen of Forest City has filed a guilty plea to amended charges of tampering with records and 3rd degree theft.  He resigned from the State Patrol on June 6 and was then arrested on June 10 for allegedly removing prescription medication from evidence bags and then altering the label on an evidence bag to cover up the theft.

Haugen was the officer in charge of evidence at the State Patrol office in Mason City when these crimes occurred.

In his petition to plead guilty, Haugen admits to taking over $500 in pain pills from the evidence room and altering documents to conceal it.

As part of a plea agreement, the prosecution will recommend suspended sentences on each charge.  A plea hearing in this case is scheduled for October 25 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

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