Windsor Locks Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Offenses
Former nurse agrees to forfeit residence and $767K
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CHRISTINE MILES, 59, of Windsor Locks, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to drug trafficking and money laundering offenses related to the distribution of heroin and various prescription medications.
According to court documents and statements made in court, beginning in approximately 1998, MILES and others conspired to possess and distribute heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam. MILES is a retired nurse.
On August 4, 2016, members of the North Central Narcotics Task Force and the DEA conducted a court-authorized search of MILES’ residence at 350 North Street in Windsor Locks and seized a large quantity of various prescription medications, approximately two pounds of marijuana, $10,093 in cash and more than $13,000 in gift cards. MILES was arrested on state charges at that time.
The investigation revealed that, through this drug trafficking conspiracy, MILES and her husband amassed more than $700,000 in a number of individual and jointly held bank accounts. The investigation also revealed that, after her arrest on state drug charges in August 2016, MILES used $17,359 of drug proceeds to purchase 11 U.S. Postal Service money orders and a bank cashier’s check payable to a New Jersey-based moving company for a planned move from Connecticut to New Mexico.
MILES was arrested on federal charges on November 16, 2017, and she has been detained since her arrest. On February 2, 2018, another court-authorized search of her North Street residence revealed additional drug evidence and $41,904 in cash.
MILES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, and one count of engaging and attempting to engage in a monetary transaction affecting interstate commerce, involving criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
In pleading guilty, MILES agreed to forfeit her interest in her Windsor Locks residence and $767,056.74 seized from the residence and multiple bank accounts.
Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for August 7, 2018.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad and the U.S. Marshals Service with the valuable assistance of the North Central Narcotics Task Force and the Windsor Locks, Enfield, Vernon, East Windsor, Manchester and Suffield Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David X. Sullivan and Patrick F. Caruso.