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Cherokee Man Sentenced to Prison for Meth Distribution and Illegal Possession of Firearms

April 18, 2022 4:21pm

A rural Cherokee man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while also illegally possessing firearms was sentenced last Thursday to three-and-a-half-years in federal prison.

56-year-old William Hageman pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms by a prohibited person. In 1994, Hageman was previously convicted of OWI 3rd Offense in Plymouth County District Court, which prevented Hageman from possessing guns.

Evidence showed that from August of 2018 into April of 2019, Hageman and others conspired to distribute more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine in Cherokee County and the surrounding area. In four separate occasions in March and April of 2019, Hageman distributed more than one pound of pure meth to individuals cooperating with and under the supervision of law enforcement.

In April of 2019, law enforcement executed a search of Hageman's rural Cherokee County residence, and seized almost a pound-and-a-half of methamphetamine throughout the property, as well as six guns, including four rifles. At the time of the search, a co-conspirator was found attempting to flush meth down a toilet before officers could seize it.

Hageman remains in the custody of the United States Marshal Service until he can be transported to a federal prison.