Former addiction counselor sentenced for dealing meth, narcotics

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A former addiction counselor was sentenced to 16 years in the Indiana Department of Correction for dealing methamphetamine and narcotic drugs to patients in recovery, according to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office.

Michael Garrett Hagedorn was sentenced on May 30 to 10 years for dealing meth, 10 years for dealing narcotics, and a six-year enhancement for being a habitual offender.

Detectives with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force began investigating Hagedorn after receiving tips that he was dealing large quantities of narcotics.

The tips also alleged Hagedorn was selling the drugs to people using his counseling services.

Hagedorn is the former owner and director of an addiction treatment counseling center.

He admitted to using 15.1 grams of meth found in his vehicle. At his home in Newburgh, investigators also found firearms, body armor, marijuana and digital scales.

Hand-written ledgers in the home revealed a list of people who owned Hagedorn money, one as much as $43,000.

“Because of the diligent work of the Evansville Vanderburgh County Drug Task force, a large quantity of drugs is off the streets and out of our community.” said Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Diana Moers in a news release. “Hagedorn’s case is particularly egregious since he was a drug-addition counselor. Hagedorn is well-aware of the devastating impact drugs have on individuals and a community—yet he preyed on addicts and was profiting greatly from his drug sales. Drugs bring crime and destruction to the community, and their peddler is now in prison and out of Vanderburgh County. We are safer because of the efforts of the joint task force and prosecution.”

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