Man pleads guilty to drug possession with intent to sell

Published 7:27 am Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sean Thomas Edward Higbee, 35, of Austin pleaded guilty to felony fourth-degree drug possession with intent to sell as part of a plea agreement on Monday in Mower County District Court. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge on Dec. 14.

Sean Thomas Edward Higbee, 35

A charge of felony fourth-degree drug sales was dismissed.

Higbee was arrested on Dec. 1 after a police informant arranged to buy Adderall and Suboxone from him in exchange for methamphetamine. Narcotics officers got a search warrant for Higbee’s vehicle and the informant agreed to meet Higbee at the Austin Public Library parking lot.

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Officers approached Higbee’s vehicle and searched him, finding 30 Adderall pills and five Suboxone strips on his person. He told police he was meeting with a “friend’ who wanted to trade “dope” for Adderall and Suboxone, but intended to tell his “friend” to refrain from drugs and get sober.

A review of Higbee’s criminal history shows prior convictions for disorderly conduct, drug possession and violating a domestic abuse no contact order.

Higbee will be sentenced on Sept. 13.