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'Not guilty' plea in heroin case

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 1:00am

The night shelter manager of the Glory Hole pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to possessing heroin with the intent to deliver.

The district attorney’s office charged Stephen Morton Dabney, 60, late last month with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class ‘A’ felony that can carry up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine. He was indicted on the same charge by a grand jury on Friday.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg scheduled a three-day trial in the case to begin May 7. An omnibus hearing is slated for later this month and a pretrial hearing for April 26.

Prosecutors allege Dabney received a package that contained one ounce of heroin inside a Mr. Potato Head toy that was headed for the downtown shelter. He was arrested Jan. 26 after law enforcement intercepted the package then conducted a controlled delivery.

Dabney’s attorney public defender Eric Hedland pointed out in court on Tuesday that Dabney never opened the package and may not have known what was inside.

Dabney is being held on $20,000 bail. A bail review hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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