Youngstown males sentenced for plot to smuggle half-pound of meth

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An investigation that began with a drug-sniffing dog resulted in jail sentences for two men whom agents claim tried to smuggle more than half a pound of methamphetamine into Youngstown.

Samuel Shipton (L) Jason Holister (R)

An investigation that began with a drug-sniffing dog resulted in jail sentences for two men whom agents claim tried to smuggle more than half a pound of methamphetamine into Youngstown.

A US district court judge last week sentenced 35-year-old Samuel Shipton to 37 months in prison and sentenced 40-year-old Jason Hollister to a 51-month sentence.

Both men were convicted of possession with the intent of distributing methamphetamine.

According to an affidavit filed in August, a drug-sniffing dog led the postal workers to a pack containing nine sachets of 255 grams of crystal meth.

The package, with a return address in Glendale, Arizona, was sent to a house on the 2600 block of Volney Road in Youngstown.

The agents left most of the methane inside and added a GPS tracker. They sprayed the inside of the package with a tracking chemical that is only visible under ultraviolet light and is smeared onto the hands of people who open it.

After the package was delivered, agents said they arrested Shipton at the house on Volney.

Shipton told agents he was just a middleman and said he should deliver the package to someone else in Youngstown on an affidavit.

After providing Shipton with a video surveillance device, agents say Shipton drove to a house on the 1500 block of Meadowbrook Drive.

Agents say they watched Shipton deliver the package to 40-year-old Jason Hollister at the house in Youngstown’s Brownlee Woods neighborhood.

After Hollister moved in and arrested, agents said they had also found a marijuana growing operation in the apartment.

The authorities checked the return address of the package and found it was fraudulent.