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Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced To 188 Months In Prison Consecutive To His Thirty-Year State Sentence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

G.F. “Pete” Peterman, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Paul Leonard Hodge, age 40, of Madison County, Georgia, was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine by United States District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal in Athens, Georgia on May 2, 2017. Mr. Hodge’s federal sentence will run consecutively to the 30-year state prison sentence he is already serving for trafficking methamphetamine.

In his plea agreement, Mr. Hodge admitted that from January 21, 2015, to April 25, 2016, while he was in state prison serving a thirty-year state sentence for trafficking methamphetamine in Madison County, he conspired with other people to possess with intent to distribute 250.19 grams of actual methamphetamine in Athens, Georgia. In addition to his January 2015 conviction for trafficking methamphetamine in Madison County, Mr. Hodge had previously been convicted of felony counts involving methamphetamine in 2014, 2010, and twice in 2005.

“Mr. Hodge is obviously a career drug dealer whose pedaling of poison continued even while he was incarcerated. He deserves to serve every moment of both sentences now imposed upon him,” said United States Attorney Peterman.

The case was investigated by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Peter D. Leary prosecuted the case for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated May 4, 2017

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