Logan man sentenced to jail for dealing LSD

Booking photo for Nickolas L. Hofland (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 20-year-old Logan man is headed to jail after trying to deal thousands of dollars in drugs. Nickolas L. Hofland was arrested in March.

Hofland was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, a third-degree felony.

Cache County Deputy Attorney Barbara Lachmar told the court how when Hofland was arrested, officers found him in possession of more than 600 doses of LSD.

Defense attorney Wayne Caldwell said his client self-destructed after a family member passed away. He explained that Hofland now has a job and is trying to learn positive ways to cope with depression.

Lachmar acknowledged that Hofland had made a good effort to turn his life around. She explained though that the defendant still needed to be sentenced to jail, to protect society and show others what happens when you deal drugs.

Judge Brian Cannell told Hofland, “You can’t hide behind drugs to make the hurt go away.” He sentenced the defendant to serve three-weeks in jail but allowed work release, so Hofland could keep his employment. He said he hopped this served as a wake-up call.


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4 Comments

  • Anonymous Wisdom November 6, 2019 at 12:51 pm Reply

    I wish judges & prosecutors would read more medical studies & recognize that the commonly held view put forth by this judge is hypocritical of anyone who believes that prescribed drugs are safe or effective.
    Psychiatric drugs come with nasty side effects & often create dependency plus do nothing to resolve the underlying problems; in a controlled/medical setting LSD has no negative physiological side effects. Even potentially negative psychological effects (‘bad trip’) can be addressed & controlled.
    I had a strong psychotic side effect from albutyrol- a common asthma medication administered to me by a doctor. It was much worse than any experience with acid I ever encountered. Dopamine and oxytocin plunged & I plummeted into a deep state of despair for 3 days.
    LSD could benefit many people if lawmakers & judges would read the research & learn.
    See 3 articles & search for yourself
    -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5603820/
    -https://maps.org/research/psilo-lsd
    -https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4906596

  • Wellsvillian November 7, 2019 at 7:25 am Reply

    Three weeks in jail for possession of a large amount of drugs with intent to distribute? Isn’t that a felony? Is he related to the judge? He should be sent to prison.

  • Gorgon November 8, 2019 at 3:57 am Reply

    @Wellsvillian
    It’s LSD, not meth, coke, or heroin. Less dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol, and in the same category of drugs as psilocybin mushrooms. Literally no reason to ruin some kids life because of the ridiculous connotation that the drug carries. You can’t become addicted to it and it has no lasting physical side effects. The fact that they’re using any portion of taxpayer money to put him in jail is honestly a waste when there are much better things to be doing.

  • Francis November 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm Reply

    Would like to know how much undercover work was done to make this arrest. How much hard work was put into hanging out at college parties, dating coeds and pretending to be a friend before they landed this case.

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