A Virginia woman pleaded guilty to racketeering in Waynesboro Circuit Court on Oct. 1 for distributing 12 pounds or more of methamphetamine. The 28-year-old woman could face a prison sentence of up to 40 years, with a minimum of 5 years behind bars after her plea. A presentence report was ordered for the following week while a sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 6, 2019. During the sentencing hearing, which will take several hours, witnesses for both the prosecution and defense will present testimony related to the woman's potential prison term.
According to police, the drugs the woman sold had a street value of half a million dollars. In addition, a prosecutor said that financial records showed that the woman transferred at least $50,000 to Mexico over a two-year period, using various wire transfer services. They accused her of being connected to a meth trafficking operation based in Mexico. In addition, prosecutors said that other people are also facing charges related to the same drug operation in Waynesboro.
According to the local police, the woman represented a major link between meth suppliers in Mexico and buyers in Virginia. They said that the entire operation transferred around $250,000 to Mexico for payment for drugs or couriers to deliver them.
Large-scale drug cases can lead to serious charges for a number of people, even those with a peripheral role or who were mainly involved in purchasing and using drugs. A conviction on drug charges can have serious, long-term effects on the rest of a person's life, leading to high fines, jail time and a felony criminal record that can hinder future opportunities. A criminal defense lawyer can work with someone accused of drug crimes to challenge police and prosecution evidence in order to prevent a conviction.