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A Richmond man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to allowing his Fan District home to be used as a base for an interstate methamphetamine trafficking business.

Stephen D. Hahne, 44, who authorities said worked out of his home as a computer specialist, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who set sentencing for Sept. 7. Hahne could face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

According to a written statement of facts, Hahne allowed dealers from October 2007 through fall 2008 to operate their methamphetamine distribution business out of his residence in the 2200 block of Park Avenue, where they received, stored, distributed and used the drug.

In return for use of his house, the dealers provided Hahne with methamphetamine at a reduced rate, “thus enabling him to obtain and use methamphetamine without having to leave his residence and look for it on the street,” court documents say. The amount of drugs attributed to Hahne was 40 to 50 grams.

With Hahne’s conviction, federal authorities are seeking forfeiture of his two-story, 4,212-square-foot home, which has an assessed value of $730,000.

The investigation leading to Hahne’s conviction was part of Operation Endgame, which authorities described as an organized-crime drug task force probe into methamphetamine trafficking in central Virginia and elsewhere. The investigation is continuing, authorities say.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David T. Maguire, who prosecuted the case, said during a March hearing after Hahne’s arrest that he had a “tremendous drug problem.”

During the same hearing, Hahn’s father said that his son’s drug use had “completely changed his personality.”

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