Port Angeles woman pleads not guilty to drug-dealing charges

Marie Joan Haller was arrested in “Operation Spring Cleaning” warrant sweep

PORT ANGELES — Marie Joan Haller has pleaded not guilty to drug-dealing charges connected with “Operation Spring Cleaning,” the two-day sweep last month for suspects wanted on state Department of Corrections custody warrants.

Haller, 30, was arrested May 21 at her Port Angeles apartment with 1.1 pounds of heroin, 3 ounces of methamphetamine and $13,325 in cash, according to her probable cause statement. The drugs had a street value at $68,000, authorities said.

Matthew Steve Ennen, 29, who lived at Haller’s apartment, was arrested the same day at her apartment on a DOC warrant after he tried to jump out of Haller’s second-floor window to avoid capture, authorities said.

Haller and Ennen have each pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Ennen’s next hearing date is Friday. His trial begins July 22. He is in the Clallam County jail on $200,000 bail.

Haller pleaded not guilty last Friday. Her next hearing date is July 11. Her trial begins Aug. 12. She is out of jail on $50,000 bail.

Haller had been sentenced Feb. 24, 2015, on Clallam County charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, heroin; unlawful use of a building for drug purposes; possession of a controlled substance, psilocybin; and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

She was sentenced to 20 months on the first count and 12 months on counts 2-5, according to the sentence and order.

She also was sentenced to 20 months of community custody on the first count and 4½ months of community custody on counts 2-5.

Authorities’ interest in Haller was heightened five months earlier when her name surfaced during an investigation of a Christmas week triple-homicide near Port Angeles, Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said Monday.

Darrel Iverson, 57; Iverson’s son Jordan Iverson, 27; and Jordan Iverson’s girlfriend, Tiffany May, 26, were shot to death Dec. 26 at Darrel Iverson’s 52 Bear Meadow Road residence east of Deer Park Road, according to court records.

Methamphetamine was in prevalent use at the residence and was supplied by and being dealt by Darrel Iverson, who hid thousands in cash at the home, according to the probable cause statements.

The statement identified Haller as “a known element in the local drug culture.”

While aware of Haller’s criminal history, “we had no idea all those drugs were there until we were there,” King said.

“What is extremely fair to say there is what we were told in the Iverson investigation adds to the level of corroboration about her involvement in the drug culture, that she was found with a pound of heroin,” King said.

Three Port Angeles residents have each been charged with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the triple homicide.

Ryan Warren Ward, 38, has a status hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.

Dennis Marvin Bauer, 51, and Kallie Ann Letellier, 34, have status hearings at 9 a.m. June 14.


Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@ peninsuladailynews.com.