United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Cushing, Iowa, woman convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 19, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Dana Hoover, a/k/a Dana Strawn, age 52, was sentenced to 27 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, a $2,900 fine and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Hoover was indicted for the above charge by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013. She pled guilty on August 29, 2013.
The conviction stems from an incident occurring in April of 2012 when Hoover was introduced to an undercover agent. After conversation and exchanging text messages, Hoover agreed to sell methamphetamine to the agent, whom Hoover knew to be located in the central South Dakota area. The agent wired money to Hoover and arrangements were made for the agent to pick up the methamphetamine from Hoover. On May 10, 2012, at a truck stop near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Hoover met the agent and delivered the methamphetamine.
The State Health Lab confirmed that the substance Hoover sold on May 10, 2012, was methamphetamine with a weight of 7.39 grams. The total amount of methamphetamine attributed to Hoover for distribution was at least 20 grams but less than 30 grams.
The investigation was conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Hoover was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.