Hempfield man sentenced to state prison in marijuana operation
A Hempfield man who police said had more than 50 pounds of marijuana at his home was sentenced Thursday to one to three years in a state prison.
Nickolas Boyd Hobaugh, 28, pleaded guilty to several drug offenses in two cases.
He was ordered to forfeit $16,720 that police confiscated from his home at the time of his Feb. 22 arrest.
Authorities seized more than 55 pounds of marijuana that day and 2,200 vape pens that contain THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Charges were added a week later in connection with three controlled purchases on May 6 and 10, 2018 and Feb. 20, according to court papers.
He allegedly gave a confidential informant 9 pounds of marijuana during those undercover exchanges in Hempfield.
Investigators said at the time of his arrest that Hobaugh had traveled regularly to California to get the items and the marijuana was sealed in bags, which is typical of that type of drug being shipped.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter .