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Mandan drug suspect charged in federal court

Mandan drug suspect charged in federal court


A Mandan man arrested in July for allegedly possessing 3 pounds of methamphetamine has been indicted on five drug charges by a federal grand jury, according to court documents that allege he was trafficking drugs from California.

Howard Hausauer Jr., 49, 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. His jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Hausauer’s attorney did not comment Friday.

Hausauer was arrested July 1 during a prostitution sting that started in late June. Burleigh County sheriff’s deputies working undercover 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 residence by the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force. Authorities said they found 1,379 grams of meth and $80,000 in cash in his home.

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

The federal indictment against Hausauer alleges that he used the U.S. Postal Service and other shippers to move drugs from California to North Dakota, and also used the services to ship the proceeds from the sale of those drugs to California and elsewhere. The indictment states that Hausauer also possessed ecstasy and heroin at the time of his arrest. The amounts are not stated.

The University of Mary in July listed a Howard Hausauer on its Sports Hall of Fame website for his accomplishments in track and field, but the Bismarck school removed all references to him immediately after the arrest. The school’s sports information director was contacted about the move but declined comment. Calls to the public affairs office were not returned.

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