ALBUQUERQUE – Season Smith, 41, of Bloomfield, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.
Smith and co-defendant Jeffrey Kline, 45, of Farmington, N.M., were charged on in a two-count indictment filed on April 11, 2017, with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The indictment alleged that the defendants committed the offenses on Feb. 10, 2017, in San Juan County, N.M.
During today’s proceedings, Smith pled guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In entering the guilty plea, Smith admitted that on Feb. 10, 2017, law enforcement officers stopped Kline and her while they were traveling from Arizona to New Mexico after they picked up methamphetamine from a source of supply. Smith further admitted that the officers seized approximately 511.7 grams of methamphetamine, 13.6 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia when they executed a lawful search of her purse.
At sentencing, Smith faces a statutory mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.
Kline previously pled guilty on July 26, 2017, to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and was sentenced on April 9, 2018, to 120 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Farmington Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eva Fontanez is prosecuting the case as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets violent, repeat offenders for federal prosecution. Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target for federal prosecution violent or repeat offenders with the goal of making communities in New Mexico safer places for people to live and work.