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RX drug theft results in one Wadena man's felony charges

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A Wadena man faces two felony charges after the alleged theft of prescription drugs.

According to a statement of probable cause for Wadena County, on Sept. 8 at about 5:48 p.m., a Wadena County officer was advised to meet with an individual in reference to the theft of the prescription medication Percocet. The statement included that Percocet is classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

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After speaking to the individual, the deputy learned that the individual took the medication as prescribed that morning, and set the bottle back in a drawer next to his couch. According to the probable cause document, after that morning's dosage the individual had 50 pills remaining. The document also said he mentioned that he had left his home around 11 a.m. that morning, with his father remaining at the residence. The man said his neighbor, identified as Andre Robert Husom, 41, occasionally comes over to visit, according to probable cause records.

After he returned, probable cause records state that he noticed the drawer was slightly ajar and allegedly discovered he only had 30 pills left. He asked his father if he had witnessed Husom stealing the medication earlier that day, the records said, adding that his father said he hadn't actually seen the alleged theft but it seemed that Husom was unusually nervous while there.

The officer then made his way to Husom's residence and explained his being there and why he thought Husom had taken the drugs, probable cause documents said. Allegedly, Husom then admitted to stealing six pills, the documents added. The deputy questioned the whereabouts of the pills, and Husom said he had ingested them, the documents added.

As recorded in probable cause documents, Husom stated that he suffers from pain from a motorcycle accident and isn't able to find a doctor to prescribe him the medication.

Husom was advised that he was under arrest for the theft/possession of a controlled substance and transported to Tri-County ER, probable cause records said. While there, he willingly signed a medical release form, the records added.

A urine analysis showed levels of opiates in Husom's system, coinciding with Percocet being known as an opiate, as revealed in probable cause records. The records also said once Husom was medically cleared by a doctor, he was transported to Wadena County Jail.

A notice of hearing states his initial court appearance was Sept. 17.

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