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Former state patrol supervisor pleads guilty in drugs case

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa State Patrol supervisor has pleaded guilty to accusations that he stole prescription medications seized during criminal investigations.

Online court records say 32-year-old Michael Haugen, of Forest City, entered written pleas last week to the charges of theft and tampering with records. A hearing has been set for Oct. 25.

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 Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation found that he stole roughly 150 pills.

Haugen acknowledged that he developed an addiction to painkillers while battling intestinal problems.

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