Mascoutah lawyer accused of drug trafficking

News-DemocratApril 10, 2014 

A Mascoutah lawyer and former Republican St. Clair County Board candidate is facing marijuana trafficking charges in two counties.

Scott A. Hassebrock, 49, was charged with unlawful cannabis trafficking and unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis in St. Clair County and one charge of marijuana manufacturing in Montgomery County on Thursday.

Hassebrock's bail in St. Clair County was set at $100,000. He is in the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 bail.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department drug tactical agents began watching Hassebrock's house at 53 West Oak in Mascoutah several weeks ago after receiving information of illegal drug sales, according to Lt. Kurt Eversman, Drug Tactical Unit Supervisor.

In the St. Clair County charges, prosecutors allege Hassebrock drove to California to get more than 2,500 grams of marijuana to sell in Illinois.

When Hassebrock returned to the metro-east, drug tactical investigators followed Hassebrock from Mascoutah to Witt in Montgomery County. Hassebrock was arrested by the South Central Drug Task Force after delivering about a quarter pound of marijuana in Witt.

About 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the drug officer conducted a search of Hassebrock's home in Mascoutah and recovered about five pounds of marijuana.

Hassebrock beat former St. Clair County Board member Charles Lee in the Republican primary in 2012, but ultimately lost in the general election to Democrat Mike Baker.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission listed Hassebrock as being admitted to the bar on May 9, 1991. Hassebrock graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 1990. He is licensed to practice law and has no public record of disciplinary action.

Hassebrock handled a few civil cases in St. Clair County, according to the circuit clerk's office, but currently has no cases pending.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at bhundsdorfer@bnd.com or 618-239-2570.

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