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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Woman Pleads GuiltyIn Salina Drug Trafficking Case

TOPEKA, KAN. – A woman has pleaded guilty in a federal drug trafficking case from Salina, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Abigail Torres Soto, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In April 2013, Soto was indicted along with co-defendants Jon Reed Woodbridge, 23, and Delaine Rae Romeo, 48, Salina, Kan. The indictment alleged that beginning in January 2013 the defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Saline County, Kan.

In June 2013, Romeo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In her plea, she admitted that on Feb. 7, 2013, agents with the drug task force based in Salina executed a search warrant at the Koyotee lounge in Salina and seized more than $6,000 in cash, marijuana, methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Agents had made three controlled buys of methamphetamine from the Koyotee lounge. Romeo admitted that she had been receiving methamphetamine from Soto to sell.

Soto is set for sentencing Feb. 14. She faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million on the conspiracy count, not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on each distribution count, and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the remaining count.

Co-defendants include:
Jon Reed Woodbridge, who is set for trial Nov. 14.
Delaine Rae Romeo, who is set for sentencing Jan. 27, 2014.

Grissom commended the 1-70/I-35 Drug Task Force, the Salina Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway for their work on the case.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.