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Bainbridge Drug Dealer Sentenced to 25 Years

AUG 19 (BAINBRIDGE, Ga.) - Leonard Hoskins, aged 42, of Bainbridge, Georgia, was sentenced on August 18, 2015 to serve 25 years (300 months) in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Leslie J. Abrams, United States District Court Judge, in Albany, Georgia.
           
Mr. Hoskins entered a plea of guilty to the charge on March 26, 2015.  As a part of his plea agreement, Mr. Hoskins admitted that during 2013 and 2014, he obtained multiple ounces of methamphetamine “Ice” from a source in the Atlanta, Georgia area and distributed it in Bainbridge, Georgia.  During a traffic stop for speeding on I-75 on June 6, 2014, Mr. Hoskins was found to be in possession of one pound of methamphetamine and $3,433.00 in U.S. currency. 

“The success of this investigation speaks of the continued collaboration between our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in targeting and dismantling meth distribution rings that profit by spreading their poison in our communities. Strong partnerships such as this one underscore the power of our combined forces and demonstrate our collective impact on the war against meth,” said Daniel R. Salter, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta Field Division.”

“Methamphetamine has become a modern scourge in South Georgia, the Middle District of Georgia, and the country as a whole.  A pound of methamphetamine is a large amount, and merits the equally large sentence of 25 years meted out to Mr. Hoskins.  I commend the local, state and federal law enforcement authorities whose good work prevented the distribution of this significant quantity of illegal drugs into our community as well as removing Mr. Hoskins from the drug business for the next quarter century,” said United States Attorney Michael J. Moore.
           
The case was investigated by the Bainbridge Department of Public Safety, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.   Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen represented the government in the prosecution of the case.

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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