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May 9, 2014

Man headed back to federal prison

SHENANGO VALLEY — A former Sharon man was sentenced April 28 to 7 years in a federal prison on drug charges.

Matthew Hosey, 63, of Warren, Ohio, pleaded guilty in January to a charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.

Hosey will serve 6 years’ supervised release after his prison stint.

According to state police, a state trooper and a Southwest Mercer County Regional policeman were conducting surveillance April 24, 2013, in an area of Sharon known for drug activity when they saw Hosey’s vehicle parked in the 400 block of Mesabi Street.

Police found Hosey in the 300 block a little while later, and suspected him and a woman in the car of conducting drug activity based on their movements and criminal histories. Police said they removed Hosey from the car, patted him down, and found a film canister in his shirt pocket containing bags of crack and folded pieces of paper containing heroin.

The prison term is Hosey’s second in a federal facility. He pleaded guilty in April 2008 to a charge of possession of crack with intent to distribute, stemming from an April 1, 2007, search by state police of his Shenango Township motel room. The search turned up drug paraphernalia and 13 bags of crack, weighing a total of almost one-fourth of an ounce.

He was sentenced in June 2008 to 21 years, 10 months in prison.

However, the sentencing judge reduced Hosey’s sentence on Feb. 4, 2011, to time served and 8 years’ supervised release. No public reason was given for the reduction but such reductions often are the result of a defendant cooperating with authorities.

Hosey testified at the federal trial of a local man who ultimately was acquitted of drug offenses.

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