A Covington man pleaded guilty Thursday to operating a methamphetamine lab and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, according to District Attorney Walter Reed’s office.

Jason Hoover was arrested by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and Covington police, who searched his property and found the drug lab.

Judge Rick Swartz of 22nd Judicial District Court sentenced him as a career criminal because of his prior convictions for attempted possession of a firearm by a felon in 2012, possession of Schedule II drugs in 2009 and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007.

Operating a meth lab normally is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than five nor more than 15 years, the District Attorney’s Office said.