BOONE, Iowa—On March 6, 2017, a Boone County District Court Judge sentenced Mark Douglas Haase, 30, of Boone, Iowa, to 25 years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections. According to the sentence Mark Haase will have to serve a minimum of 8 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The sentencing is a result from a jury trial on January 12, 2017. On that date a Boone County jury found Mark Douglas Haase guilty of Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine in violation of Iowa Code and guilty of a Tax Stamp Violation.
According to the testimony at trial, officers with the Boone Police Department executed a search warrant at Mark Douglas Haase’s residence in the city of Boone. Inside the residence officers located 84.42 grams of methamphetamine in 13 different baggies or containers. In addition to the methamphetamine they found $27,313 in cash. The officers found the methamphetamine hidden in locations such as in metal safes located in speaker boxes, approximately 7 baggies of methamphetamine were found in a liquid nails caulk tube, and items were found in two thermos’ with hidden compartments inside. Officers found scales used to weigh narcotics and the defendant maintained a home surveillance system. Officers also testified at trial about text messages from Mark Haase to another person in which Haase discussed in code about selling methamphetamine. Additional testimony came out that Mark Haase has not had a job for the past year to account that the $27,313 in cash which the state contended came from methamphetamine delivery.
The jury trial began on January 10th and ended on January 12th with the jury finding Mark Douglas Haase guilty of Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine which is a B-felony and guilty of Tax Stamp Violation which is a D-Felony. On March 6, 2017, the District Court sentenced Mark Haase to 25 years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections with Mark Haase having to serve a 1/3 mandatory minimum before being eligible for parole.
A Forfeiture Hearing was held in the Boone County District Court on March 8, 2017. In this hearing the defendant claimed that the $27,313 in cash found in the residence with the methamphetamine came from gambling winnings and working on cars. The State provided evidence that Mr. Haase had no steady employment as outlined by the fact he did not file tax returns since 2013 and that even based on his expenses and testimony several thousand could not be accounted for. Despite the large sum of cash the defendant stated he received government assistance for food and health care. The State argued in this hearing and the jury trial that the cash found in the residence with the drugs were the result of methamphetamine sales. The Court has yet to come to a ruling on the forfeiture of the money.
First Assistant Boone County Attorney, Matt Speers, tried the case on behalf of the State of Iowa for the prosecution. Mark Douglas Haase was defended by a local attorney. The Boone Police Department investigated the case.
(contributed article and photo, Boone County Attorney)