MASON CITY, Iowa – A former Iowa State Patrol sergeant is facing a two-year suspended prison sentence after admitting to stealing prescription painkillers from a Mason City evidence room.
Michael Haugen, 32, of Forest City, admitted to stealing the pills that were seized during criminal investigations and altering documents to conceal it.
He was charged with two aggravated misdemeanors of theft and tampering with records. Haugen resigned in June and was arrested days later.
Court records say Haugen has acknowledged removing pills from evidence bags about 18 times in up to eight cases between late 2014 and April. Investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation found that he stole roughly 150 pills.
Haugen has acknowledged that he developed a painkiller addiction while battling intestinal problems.
He has been ordered to served two years of probation.