A Clay County man was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment on federal charges in US Southern District of Indiana court Thursday.
According to documents provided to The Brazil Times by the US Attorney's Office, the case against Stephen Hobart Hood, 36, Cory, was part of a nine-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Metro Drug Task Force, Beech Grove Police Department, Indianapolis Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Vigo County Drug Task Force and the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
A leader of a methamphetamine trafficking cell that distributed meth in Terre Haute and Brazil, Hood pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine before US District Judge Larry L. McKinney.
Hood received his drugs from a Mexican methamphetamine trafficking organization that smuggled pure meth across the border in McAllen, Texas and in California and sent monthly shipments to a drug organization in Indianapolis run by Jose Perez.
Officials established that Hood conspired with Perez to receive approximately 60 pounds of meth a month and possessed firearms in furtherance of the conspiracy.
Members of the DEA intercepted telephone conversations involving Hood on March 16, 2006, which indicated that he intended to kill a methamphetamine customer who owned him money. Federal and local law enforcement officers arrived at the methamphetamine customer's home, preventing any violence from occurring.
On May 12, 2006, Hood and two other individuals were arrested at a rural Cory residence.
Federal officers, with the assistance of members of the CCSD and Clay City Police Department, located various drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons during the initial search of the residence, but evidence of possible stolen property required another search warrant be obtained.
It was during the second search when information was gathered to help determine ownership of a stolen backhoe sunk in three-feet of mud and a vehicle reported stolen from Macon, Georgia, submerged in a pond.
Sentenced to 360 months imprisonment, Hood will serve at least 80 percent of the sentence before being considered for any type of release.
According to Assistant US Attorney Bradley A. Blackington Judge McKinney also imposed five years of supervised release following Hood's release from imprisonment. During the supervised release, he will be subject to random searches of his person, vehicle and home.