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Woman in drug case pleads guilty

JOANNE Marie Deleon Guerrero Castro, who was flagged by a pharmacy 14 times for purchasing cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, pled guilty on Thursday before District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona.

Castro was charged with “conspiracy to possess prescription nasal decongestant that contains the ingredient pseudoephedrine,” a chemical commonly used to make methamphetamine or “ice.”

According to the plea agreement, which was unsealed, the charge carries a maximum penalty of not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $250,000, and three years probation.

By pleading guilty, the U.S. government will not bring additional charges against Castro.

The court is expected to sentence her to 97 months to 121 months incarceration.

Judge Manglona said the final presentence investigation report must be submitted to the court on Oct. 24, 2019.

She scheduled Castro’s sentencing hearing for Nov. 15, 2019 at 9 a.m., and vacated the jury trial set for July 2.

At the change of plea hearing, Castro was represented by attorney Robert T. Torres and appeared out of custody. The federal government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe.

The indictment stated that Castro conspired with others intentionally and knowingly from Aug. 12, 2017 through Jan. 25, 2018 to possess pseudoephedrine.