Canadian Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Distribute Approximately 20 Kilograms Of Cocaine
FRESNO, Calif. —Heather Lynn Necheff, 47, of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to distribute and possess to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, on December 17, 2013, Necheff’s vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation by a California Highway Patrol officer in Kern County in the Buttonwillow area. The officer obtained permission to search the vehicle and found approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in individual duct-taped packages inside a suitcase. Necheff admitted that she was transporting the cocaine from Los Angeles to Seattle for eventual importation into Canada.
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.
Necheff is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on July 21, 2014. Necheff faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.