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Man accused of receiving drugs at the Glory Hole slated to plead guilty next week

Posted: September 23, 2012 - 12:11am

A man accused of receiving drugs inside a Mr. Potato Head toy at the Glory Hole earlier this year will likely be avoiding a trial.

Court records show a ‘change of plea’ hearing for Stephen Morton Dabney, 61, is scheduled for next Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Dabney’s attorney public defender Eric Hedland told Judge Philip Pallenberg during a hearing last week that a resolution had been reached in the case a while ago, but just hadn’t been calendared yet.

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, according to charging documents. He was arrested Jan. 26 after law enforcement intercepted the package then conducted a controlled delivery.

Dabney resided at the Glory Hole at the time of his arrest, and volunteered as the night shelter manager there to earn his keep.

Hedland noted earlier that his client never opened the package and may not have known what was inside.

He pleaded not guilty in February, and he was scheduled to stand trial next month.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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