Parkdale man violated probation by using meth

A Parkdale man was sent to prison last week for violating his probation with three "dirty" urinalysis tests.

With his pregnant fiancee in attendance, Randy A. Brown, 40, appeared before Hood River Circuit Court Judge Donald Hull on April 10. He was ordered to spend 19 months behind bars for his continued use of methamphetamine.

Following his release, Brown will be on post-prison supervision for three years and undergo a drug treatment program.

"This case really demonstrates what an insidious and dangerous drug methamphetamine is," said Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell. "Mr. Brown had a 19 month sentence hanging over his head and a baby on the way and he still couldn't stay away from that stuff."

In November Brown was arrested during an undercover operation by the Mid-Columbia Narcotics Taskforce for selling meth within 1,000 feet of a school. He was given three years of probation in January so that he would have the opportunity to get treatment, according to Sewell.

However, Brown was sanctioned twice with jail time after he failed to turn in a clean drug test, the first time for three days and the second for 30 days.

Following the third offense, Sewell said it became apparent to law enforcement officials that Brown was not going to follow through on his release agreement and prison time was warranted.

"Meth is number one on our 'hit parade' and this office is going to continue to take a hard line with people who get caught dealing," Sewell said.

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