Mason City, Iowa (AP) – A former Iowa State Patrol supervisor has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he stole prescription medications seized during criminal investigations.
Online court records say 31-year-old Michael Haugen, of Forest City, entered the plea Monday in Cerro Gordo County. A trial starting date has not been set.
A court affidavit says Haugen has acknowledged removing pills from evidence bags about 18 times in up to eight different cases between late 2014 and April. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation found that he stole roughly 150 pills.
Haugen acknowledged that he developed an addiction to painkillers while battling intestinal problems.