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The Monday arrest of a Mandan man who authorities said had 3 pounds of methamphetamine in his residence is tied to a prostitution sting the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department conducted over the weekend.

“The prostitution part of it is what kind of kicked it off,” Maj. Jim Hulm said. “We had no idea this was a true narcotics connection.”

Howard Hausauer Jr., 49, was arrested Monday after the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force found the meth in the bedroom closet of his Mandan home, authorities said. He faces a felony drug charge and also a misdemeanor charge for hiring a person to engage in sexual activity. That person was an undercover police officer.

The University of Mary had a Howard Hausauer listed on its Sports Hall of Fame website Wednesday morning but had removed all references to him by the afternoon. Sports Information Director Brian Larson declined comment on why the university made the move, referring questions to university public affairs staff, who did not respond to a request for comment. Hausauer had been listed in the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 for his accomplishments as a college track athlete.

The law enforcement sting started in late June with a deputy posing on social media as a prostitute. By week’s end the department saw an increase in activity and two arrests were made. Hausauer continued making contact and on Monday was “persistent,” Hulm said. Hulm and the deputy posing as a prostitute made arrangements on services, cost and a place to meet. Authorities gathered information and evidence after the arrest, which led to the execution of a search warrant at his residence. Metro Area Narcotics Task Force assisted in serving the warrant. The search netted 1,379 grams of methamphetamine and $80,000 in cash, authorities said.

One of the other men arrested, Eric Ogden, 39, also had warrants in Burleigh County. Hulm said a third man, age 71, was arrested, but court documents were not immediately available. Ogden's attorney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. No attorney was listed in court documents for Hausauer.

Prostitution arrests often open the door for other arrests, according to Hulm.

“It’s not just prostitution. It typically leads into other crimes," he said. "And it did.”

This was the first “out of the gate” operation since a deputy underwent special training, Hulm said. The department will run more stings in the future and plans to use similar tactics in operations designed to protect children from sexual predators.

“We’re going to keep rolling with it,” Hulm said.

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

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