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Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jury Finds Woman Guilty On Charges Of Conspiracy To Distribute Meth

PITTSBURGH – Racquel Sanchez, who resided in Lehigh Acres, Fl., and Tucson, Az., during the last two years, was convicted at the conclusion of a federal jury trial of conspiring to distribute at least 50 grams of pure methamphetamine or at least 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Sanchez, 35, was tried before United States District Court Judge David S. Cercone in Pittsburgh, Pa.

During the 4 days of trial, evidence was presented that, during July 2013, Sanchez, who was residing in Arizona at the time, agreed to supply a Cleveland dealer with 1 pound (approximately 450 grams) of pure methamphetamine. After Sanchez shipped the pure methamphetamine to Cleveland, she flew to Cleveland and accepted delivery of the methamphetamine along with the Cleveland dealer. The methamphetamine was then mixed with another substance to expand its volume and supplied to a dealer in the Pittsburgh area where it was marketed as “molly”, a term for powder ecstasy or powder MDMA.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing to occur on November 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office led the multi-agency investigation of this case that also included the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Moon Township Police Department, the North Fayette Police Department, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, the McKees Rocks Police Department, the Cranberry Township Police Department, the McKeesport Police Department, and the Wilkinsburg Police Department.

Updated July 14, 2015