For Immediate Release
Chisago County Felon Sentenced to 175 Months in Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Methamphetamine Trafficking
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Chisago County man was sentenced today to 175 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon and for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, on July 12, 2020, Derrick Russell Hoff, 36, was involved in a road rage incident. Hoff, who was driving a pickup truck, ran another vehicle off the road, fired multiple shots at the two occupants, and rammed the vehicle on the side of the road before abandoning his pickup truck on a nearby residential driveway. Chisago County Sheriff’s deputies recovered from Hoff’s abandoned pickup truck spent shell casings and live ammunition, a loaded 9mm magazine, four plastic gallon-size bags containing over 167 grams of actual methamphetamine in crystal shard form, digital scales, baggies, and other drug-sale paraphernalia. Near the truck, buried by some trees, deputies later found a 9mm semiautomatic firearm, loaded with 11 rounds matching those found inside Hoff’s truck.
On June 17, 2021, Hoff pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm as a felon and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Because he has prior felony convictions in Anoka, Chisago, and Isanti Counties, Hoff is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.
Acting U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced the defendant.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Bejar.