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Clark County man gets 5½ years for selling meth to informant

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that a 33-year-old Clark County man has been sentenced for dealing methamphetamine while on supervised release for a firearms crime.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle handed down a 5½-year prison term Monday against Joshua Adam Hoover, who was out of custody following a 2011 conviction for illegally selling a gun, when he sold the meth, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Prosecutors say Hoover sold the drugs to a confidential source working with law enforcement in June and July 2018. The sales happened at a McDonald’s parking lot in Battle Ground, and were audio and video recorded, according to the government’s sentencing memorandum.

Battle Ground police officers arrested Hoover in August and recommended state charges, but he was taken into federal custody in October, prosecutors said.

Hoover pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to a charge of meth distribution. As part of his plea, prosecutors dropped three additional drug-related charges, as well as an attempted obstruction of justice charge, which stemmed from him calling his parents and acquaintances while in custody at the Clark County Jail and asking them to delete data on his cellphone, court records say.

The Justice Department’s new release said Hoover has a lengthy criminal history, including five felony convictions between 2003 and 2016.

The defense noted in its sentencing memorandum that Hoover has been dealing with mental health disorders and substance addiction since he was a teenager.

The case was investigated by the Southwest Washington Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (also known as the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force), and the Battle Ground Police Department.


Source: https://www.columbian.com

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