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Federal drug case postponed until March

Federal drug case postponed until March

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The trial of a Mandan man who was arrested in July for allegedly possessing 3 pounds of methamphetamine and was later indicted on five federal drug charges has been postponed four months.

Howard Hausauer Jr., 50, is now scheduled for a three-day trial in U.S. District Court starting Feb. 25, 2020, court records show. He was arrested July 1 during a prostitution sting in which undercover Burleigh County sheriff’s deputies made arrangements with Hausauer on services, cost and a place to meet, authorities allege. Information and evidence gathered at that time led to the execution of a search warrant at his Mandan residence by the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force. Authorities said they found ecstasy, heroin, 1,379 grams of meth and $80,000 in cash in his home.

He is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; one count each of possession with intent to distribute meth, ecstasy and heroin; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

He was originally charged in state court, where he still faces misdemeanor drug and sex crime counts. An Oct. 31 trial is scheduled.

The University of Mary in July listed a Howard Hausauer on its Sports Hall of Fame website for his accomplishments in track and field. The Bismarck school removed all references to him immediately after his arrest but would not comment about the move.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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