Man admits home in Fan used as meth stash house

Stephen D. Hahne
Stephen D. Hahne

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friday morning, 44-year-old Stephen D. Hahne, a Richmond man, went before a federal district court judge to announce he is guilty of maintaining a place of storage, distribution and use of controlled substances.

Hahne was indicted on the felony charge March 2011.  According to documents filed by federal prosecutors, Hahne allowed at least two drug dealers to work out of his home at 2240 Park Avenue in the Fan in exchange for a lower price on methamphetamine from October 2007 to the fall of 2008.

Hahne is a computer specialist, who once worked for a large business firm out of his home in the Fan.

In the federal indictment, prosecutors state the drug dealers ran an interstate meth distribution business out of the home where they were offered discounted or free rent.

Some of the addicting stimulant that can be made at home was sent to the home through FedEx packages.

Lt. John Ruffin with Virginia State Police said 1 gram of meth can sell for $100 on the street.  Court documents show the amount of drugs attributable to Hahne was between 40-50 grams.

A U.S. probation officer must now complete a pre-sentencing report on Hahne before Federal District Court Judge Henry Hudson hands down a sentence on September 7, 2011.

The maximum sentence for the felony conviction: 20 years in prison, $500,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

In court documents, federal prosecutors state at least two drug dealers are working with the government on this case.

There is no evidence that meth, a dangerous chemical mixture that can cause an explosion, was made in the home.

There is no evidence indicating that meth was ever made in this house.

Hahne will be sentenced in about four months. The maximum punishment: 20 years in prison and a $500,000 bond.

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