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CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT NAMES 2 POLICE OFFICERS

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A lawsuit filed in 3rd District Court this week accuses Douglas R. Morck, detective for Moab police, and Donald Hagberg, Grand County Sheriff's deputy, of violating a Moab woman's civil rights during a narcotics possession arrest in October 1988.

The lawsuit claims Moab resident Pamela Laxton was arrested without due cause on or about October 26, 1988, for narcotics possession after she was stopped for traffic violations. The plaintiff alleges in the lawsuit that the officer used the traffic violations to justify stopping her and then arresting her. The suit claims Morck and Hagberg were conducting undercover surveillance of a tavern in the area for narcotics violations were tyargeting individuals, including the plaintiff. All charges against the plaintiff were later dropped.