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Local woman pleads guilty to federal heroin charge

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A Chesterton resident has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Christine Roth, 21, filed her plea on Sept. 14, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. She was indicted by grand jury on June 20.

The maximum penalty for the offense is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. The mandatory minimum penalty is five years in prison and four years of supervised release.

Under the plea arrangement, however, Roth has agreed to “cooperate fully, truthfully, and candidly” with law enforcement and, “if requested to do so,” to discuss “my knowledge of all criminal activities” and “testify truthfully and completely before any grand jury and at any hearings, trials, or other judicial proceedings.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, for its part, has undertaken to “consider filing a departure motion,” that is, a motion to depart downward from the mandatory minimum guideline range. But the U.S. Attorney’s “retains the sole discretion of whether the information provided” by Roth “merits the filing” of a downward departure motion and the trial judge in any case is under no obligation to grant a departure if that motion is filed.

Sentencing has been set for Dec. 10. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.



Posted 9/24/2012