Bemidji man facing drug sales charges to appear in court Tuesday

A Bemidji man will make his next court appearance Tuesday on first-degree drug charges.

Forty-two-year-old Matthew James Sander Hansen is facing a maximum sentence of between four and forty years in prison for a subsequent drug sales offense.

The complaint says agents with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force investigating a number of fatal overdoses learned that Hansen was selling fentanyl from a home in the Elpine Village Trailer Park for a number of months, with tips indicating the sales took place through all of 2021.

Search warrants were issued on April 22, with the PBDTF intending to apprehend Hansen in a traffic stop due to a belief of handguns being stored within the home.

On April 27, a search warrant at the trailer found large quantities of fentanyl, as well as other controlled substances such as smaller quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Sixty-six grams of fentanyl, with an estimated street value of more than $12,000, was found along with a number of items common in drug distribution.

An 11-year-old was there, home alone, when officers arrived.

Before the search warrant at the home, the traffic stop apprehended Hansen and a female passenger.

Officers confiscated cash and cell phones and placed them into evidence.

Hansen’s bail was set at $750,000.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!


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