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Rochester Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Rochester man was sentenced yesterday to 132 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, from May 2019 through June 2019, Jason Edward Hoffman, 34, was part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. As part of his role in the conspiracy, Hoffman served as a sub-distributor and provided distribution logistics for methamphetamine, that was supplied to him by co-conspirator John Willis Netherton. Hoffman also collected funds from the sale of methamphetamine, which he provided in part to Netherton.

Jason Edward Hoffman pleaded guilty on August 25, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Several co-conspirators have previously been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy including: John Willis Netherton, who was sentenced to 260 months imprisonment followed by eight years of supervised release; Jacob Paul Williams was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release; Andrew Robert Berndt was sentenced to 102 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release; and Miguel Angel Cuevas Zamora who was sentenced to 120 years imprisonment and two years of supervised release.

Co-conspirators Joshua Alexander Sazo, Nicholas John Hanson, Deja Lee Benton, and Kayleigh Rea Todd have all pleaded guilty and are pending sentencing.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk for the District of Minnesota made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced the defendant.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rochester Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the South Central Drug Investigation Unit, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter, Jr. prosecuted the case.

Updated June 23, 2021

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