Ronald Hall, 80-Year-Old Meth Smuggler, Sent Back to Prison for Maybe the Last Time

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Back in Ronald Hall's day, meth smugglers had to walk barefoot through the snow in order to deliver their drugs--up hill both ways!

Nowadays, these young whippersnappers with their smart phones, fast cars and police scanners have it easy. But Hall, an 80-year-old man from California, is not one to let a new generation of drug traffickers leave him behind.

Unfortunately, the same grit and determination that saw him through the Great Depression and second World War wasn't enough to keep him out of prison again.

As the News Tribune reports on Saturday, Hall was sentenced to ten years in prison by a federal judge in Tacoma for a 2009 case involving two vehicles, one with a secret dope compartment, being shipped back and forth from Seattle and Tacoma to Anchorage, loaded with either drugs, or money for the drugs.

Federal agents caught Hall and a co-conspirator at the port of Tacoma when they replaced the 23 pounds of meth they'd confiscated from an SUV earlier with fake meth, then waited for the old geezer to show up and claim the truck and drugs.

In arguing for leniency from the court, Hall apparently said that he "did not want to die in prison." But since he'd already used that line the last time he went to prison for drug running (back when he was about 70-years-young) U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton wasn't having it and said "the pity jar was emptied last time, Mr. Hall."

The good news for Hall is that if he makes it out of prison, he'll be 90-years-old and will have soundly dispensed with the notion that a life in the drug business will only lead to an early grave.

 
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