Probation for man who intended to make meth

Published 11:33 pm Saturday, July 1, 2017

An Albert Lea man who intended to manufacture methamphetamine earlier this year was placed on probation for up to 10 years Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Michael Allen Haukoos, 39, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to possessing meth precursors with the intent to manufacture in April. He received a stayed sentence of nearly two years in prison, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail — and he was given credit for 88 days served.

Court documents state Haukoos was charged after Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant Feb. 7 at an Albert Lea address where Haukoos lived with someone he knew.

Michael Allen Haukoos

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A deputy reportedly found a suitcase with multiple rounds of ammunition and a pry bar. A blue shopping bag behind a couch was found with coffee filters, a plastic bottle with a hole in it, a mason jar of fluid, a container of iodized salt, drain cleaner, a prescription bottle with white pills, lithium batteries, aluminum foil and a blender — all items used to manufacture meth, court documents state. A deputy reportedly recognized it as a type of portable meth lab. A plastic bottle with plastic tubes found with other precursors and one of three glass tubes found in a drawer reportedly tested positive for meth.

Haukoos was charged with being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property, but those charges were dismissed.

In a separate file, Haukoos was placed on probation for up to five years Thursday after he pleaded guilty in April to felony receiving stolen property in a case involving a stolen car and thousands of dollars in other items that were found in February 2016 at Haukoos’ Manchester residence. He was given a stayed sentence of one year and one day in prison, and he received credit for 100 days he served in jail.   

Haukoos was charged in the second file after a burglary was reported Jan. 13, 2016. Haukoos and Brianna Mae Jergens were arrested Feb. 2, 2016, in connection with the burglary after a deputy noticed a 2009 Cadillac CTS valued at about $25,000 at 113 McKinley St. in Manchester that was reported missing from a garage in Albert Lea, along with two flat-screen televisions, two golf bags with clubs, two safes, a jewelry box, jewelry and some silverware from the house.

During a search of the house in Manchester, officers and deputies reportedly found several stolen items, and Haukoos was found hiding under a pile of laundry in the basement.

Jergens was placed on probation for one year in late May after pleading guilty to gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property in March.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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