Attorney Contests Doubled Sentence For Female Drug Dealer Based On Meth Being Found At Outbuilding At Her Residence

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The attorney for a female cocaine dealer who checked her son out of high school so he could translate for her on a major cocaine deal in Chattanooga said she is facing "double the time" after agents found meth in an outbuilding at her residence in Conyers, Ga.

Attorney Hannah Stokes said Leticia Gonzalez denies that the meth is hers, saying that several other adults live at the residence.

A sentencing hearing was delayed to allow the government time to bring a witness to court concerning the meth issue.

Ms. Gonzalez had been set to be sentenced along with co-defendants Jaime Soberanis and Marcisco Valdez on Thursday by Judge Curtis Collier. The sentencing was delayed to a later date.

Under a plea agreement from last March, Ms. Gonzalez was facing a sentence of at least 10 years in federal prison. 

The three were arrested in September 2012 at the Cracker Barrel in Lookout Valley. 

According to an affidavit in the case, Ms. Gonzalez "proclaims to be a high-level cocaine trafficker who has been involved in narcotics trafficking in the Northern District of Georgia for approximately eight years." 

There were several meetings in the Chattanooga area between Ms. Gonzalez and an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. That culminated in the meeting at the Cracker Barrel.

Authorities said she presented $75,000 in cash for the drug buy. That money was confiscated after agents swooped in and arrested the trio. Also taken were cash sums of $1,200 and $5,000. 

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