Federal Judge Sentences Three For Drug, Gun Crimes
A federal judge recently sentenced two men and one woman for drug and gun crimes, according to a news release from the Wyoming U.S. Attorney's Office.
U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced Louis Hoopes, 44, of Lyman on Sept. 22 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute no less than 200 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Hoopes was arrested in Salt Lake City. He received five years, 10 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of probation, and was ordered to pay a $400 fine and a $100 special assessment.
This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) joint investigation conducted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply..
Skavdahl also sentenced Beverly Hardy, 53, of Las Vegas on Sept. 17 for distribution of methamphetamine and distribution of oxycodone. She received five years imprisonment, to be followed by four years of probation, and was ordered to pay a $400 fine and a $200 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, the DCI, and the U.S. Postal Service Inspector.
Finally, the judge sentenced Ronald Kenneth Stankus, 39, of Casper on Tuesday for carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He received 12 years, six months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of probation, and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment. This case was investigated by the DCI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.