Truck drivers sentenced for transporting hemp through Idaho

Truck drivers sentenced for transporting hemp through Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — Three out-of-state truck drivers who were arrested for transporting industrial hemp through Idaho were sentenced Thursday on misdemeanor charges.

All three men were given jail time, but the sentences were suspended with time served. Each will remain on unsupervised probation and have to pay fees and restitution.

The truckers each faced felony charges at the time of their arrests, but struck plea deals with prosecutors earlier this month that lowered the charges to misdemeanors.

Two of the truckers, Andrew D’Addario and Erich Eisenhart were arrested in April 2018 while transporting 915 hemp plants from Colorado to Oregon.

Eisenhart and D’Addario were initially charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. On Thursday, they were sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 178 days suspended. They were given credit for the two days they already served in the Ada County Jail. Both men will serve two years of unsupervised probation and will pay more than $5,000 is fees and restitution.

A trucker in another case, Denis Palamarchuk, was arrested in January while transporting about 6,700 pounds of hemp from Oregon to Colorado on behalf of a Colorado-based company. He was arrested by Idaho State Police during a stop at an Ada County port of entry. Prosecutors charged him with drug trafficking in marijuana, and he faced a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if convicted.

READ THIS >>  'Hemp. We're On It.' campaign jabs at Gov. Kristi Noem in fight over hemp legalization