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Fairmont men face drug charges

FAIRMONT — Two Fairmont men are facing felony charges in Martin County.

Dakota Joseph Haegeman, 27, and Jayden Larry Thomas Sathoff, 19, have both been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

At approximately 7:29 p.m. on January 12, 2021, a Fairmont Police officer was dispatched to the area of the Martin County Library in Fairmont following a report of a possible drug related activity that involved a white Chevrolet Impala. As the officer responded to the scene, he was advised that the Impala had moved to the front of the E-Z Wash Laundromat.

The officer drove by the laundromat and observed the Impala with a single occupant seated in the front right passenger seat, later identified as Sathoff. The officer parked nearby and monitored the vehicle, eventually observing a male subject exit the laundromat and enter the driver’s seat. Another male, later identified as Haegeman, also exited the vehicle and entered the right rear passenger seat.

The officer approached the vehicle on foot, shined his flashlight into the front passenger window, and immediately observed a glass pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana sitting on Sathoff’s lap. The officer made contact with the occupants and recalled that there was an active warrant for Haegeman’s arrest.

Other officers arrived at the scene and were asked to take Haegeman into custody. The first officer observed a glass pipe with white residue where Haegeman had been seated. Haegeman admitted to having meth on him and that the meth pipe belonged to him.

Meth was discovered in a bag on Haegeman’s person, and other drug paraphernalia was discovered in the vehicle along with white powdery residue.

Haegeman was transported to the Martin County jail, where he was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. Haegeman admitted that the meth pipe and small amount of meth located on his person both belonged to him. Haegeman has a previous controlled substance conviction from October 2017.

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