Drug dealer gets nearly 15 years in federal prison

November 29, 2019 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Cedar Rapids drug dealer with a long criminal record has been given nearly 15 years in prison.

Records say 40-year-old Paul Hoff was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to 178 months behind bars and to five years of supervised release after he leaves custody. He’d pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of firearms as part of his drug trafficking.

He was arrested in February after trying to flee officers, who later found meth and two handguns in Hoff’s car.

Prosecutors say a judge described Hoff as dangerous and out of control. Hoff’s previously been convicted of assault, thefts, interference with official acts, burglary, driving while intoxicated, escape, disorderly conduct for punching a man in the face, drug trafficking, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.