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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.