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Bond set in cocaine case

A judge ordered a 21-year-old Dickinson man accused of possessing cocaine to pay a $3,000 bond to be released from the Southwest Multi County Correction Center in Dickinson.

A judge ordered a 21-year-old Dickinson man accused of possessing cocaine to pay a $3,000 bond to be released from the Southwest Multi County Correction Center in Dickinson.

Tallon Hoogeboom's bond hearing was held at the Stark County Courthouse Monday afternoon and he was released from the SWMCCC shortly thereafter.

Hoogeboom is charged with possessing 7 ounces of cocaine on Thursday, which he allegedly intended to deliver.

Hoogeboom is also charged with criminal conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance in Stutsman County, said Rhonda Ehlis, Stark County assistant state's attorney.

Those charges are related to his Stark County charges, Ehlis said.

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Justin Steier was also charged in Stutsman County for possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver on the same day as Hoogeboom, according to the North Dakota Supreme Court Web site.

"We believe it appears to be part of the same transaction," Tom Henning, Stark County state's attorney said after the hearing.

Because of the Stutsman County charges, a search warrant was issued for Hoogeboom's residence in Dickinson, which led to his Stark County charges, Henning said. Seven ounces of cocaine, along with a digital scale were allegedly found.

Brittney Meyer and Corey Gardiner are also residents of the home and were also charged, Henning said.

Meyer was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to deliver and Corey Gardiner was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Steier and Hoogeboom were released from jail on $3,000 for the charges out of Jamestown. However, Hoogeboom was then transferred to the Southwest Multi County Correction Center for his Stark County charges.

Ehlis recommended the judge set Hoogeboom's bond at $10,000 for his Stark County charges.

"This is 7 ounces of cocaine, which to my understanding is a very large street value and a very large amount to possess," Ehlis said.

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Hoogeboom has faced similar charges, Ehlis said at the hearing.

Mary Nordsven, Hoogeboom's attorney, said he would not be able to come up with any additional bond after posting $3,000 for the Stutsman County charges.

Hoogeboom never missed a court appearance and completed probation successfully, Nordsven said.

"He needs to be released," Nordsven said. "I see absolutely no reason to set a cash bond at $10,000."

Rhonda Ehlis said the amount of cocaine Hoogeboom possessed is a safety issue.

"With this hanging over his head, I doubt that he's a serious risk to the community," Nordsven said.

Judge William Herauf ruled that if Hoogeboom doesn't comply with his conditions of release, such as being law abiding and attending hearings, he will have to pay an additional $7,000.

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