On Monday, September 12th, the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued a press release saying a major bust had occurred when parole officers were doing a probation search.

During the search, officers found nineteen firearms, a substance consistent with methamphetamine and several paraphernalia items.


Two men were arrested: Dean Hatzenbuehler (44) and Daniel Grainger (36) of Dickinson, North Dakota.

Hatzenbuehler was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony.

Criminal Background

Shortly before this incident, in August (2022) Hatzenbuehler was charged with Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Class B Felony), Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Class B Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (Class A Misdemeanor); along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor).

Hatzenbuehler had since been on supervised probation in Stark County.

The second man, Daniel Granger was found at Hatzenbuehler's home in the shed, located in the backyard, presumably hiding. He was arrested on site and had a confirmed warrant out for his arrest as well.

Both men are being held in the Dickinson Adult Detention Center. 

Reports, evidence and pictures were sent to the State's Attorney's Office for charges.

Hard To Believe

North Dakota being a relatively safe state, you don't see this kind of thing too often. It goes to show you never know what is going on behind closed doors. I can't imagine how Hatzenbuehler's neighbors felt watching police haul out 19 firearms and drugs from their neighbors home.

We can all rest a little easier knowing these men are off the streets. I'd like to give a big thanks to all the different police agencies for their hard work and keeping North Dakotans safe.


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