United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Dana Hoover, a/k/a Dana Strawn, age 51, of Cushing, Iowa, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on August 29, 2013, and pled guilty to Count I of the Indictment that charged her with Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years of imprisonment and/or a $1,000,000 fine, a mandatory 3 years up to life of supervised release, an additional 2 years of supervised release upon revocation, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Hoover was introduced to an undercover agent in April 2012. 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 is prosecuting the case.
Hoover was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing, which has been set for November 21, 2013.