Florida Man Ships Himself 18 Pounds of Meth – Gets 10 years in Prison

Florida Man Jason Ryan Hardy, 40, has just been sentenced to over ten years in federal prison after he attempted to ship himself over 18 pounds of methamphetamine.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Monday that 40-year-old Jason Ryan Hardy was sentenced to 10 years and ten months for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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According to court documents, Hardy was under investigation after he flew to California to coordinate the delivery of methamphetamine from California to Florida. In June 2020, package delivery employees in California reported receiving a suspicious package. Despite the package being shipped from California, the sender’s address and the return address were based out of Florida. This is undoubtedly an indicator of possible smuggling.

Investigators said they searched the package and the contents inside were shocking. Inside was more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine.

A few days later, investigators said Hardy called the delivery service to ask about the whereabouts of his package. Hardy even confirmed his identity with his first name, email address, and phone number. His call was the last piece that led to his arrest.

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“This criminal was stopped from smuggling large amounts of deadly drugs into our communities,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Micah McCombs. “HSI special agents, working with our partners from the Tarpon Springs Police Department and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, prevented large amounts of methamphetamine from entering our neighborhoods and have certainly saved lives.”

Hardy has been sitting in the Hernando County Jail since March 22, 2022, on a U.S. Marshals Service hold awaiting sentencing. The Bureau of Prisons sometimes contracts with county jails to house federal inmates when they are at capacity in the federal prison system. In this case, the Middle District Courthouse is in Tampa.

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