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Woman Pleads Guilty In Salina Drug Trafficking Case

KSAL Staff - November 13, 2013 2:40 pm

Drug Enforcement

A Salina woman pleads guilty in a federal drug trafficking case from

According to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, 23-year-old Abigail Torres Soto pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In April 2013, Soto was indicted along with co-defendants Jon Reed Woodbridge, 23, and Delaine Rae Romeo, 48, Salina, Kan. The indictment alleged that beginning in January 2013 the defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Saline County, Kan.

In June 2013, Romeo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In her plea, she admitted that on Feb. 7, 2013, agents with the drug task force based in Salina executed a search warrant at the Koyotee lounge in Salina and seized more than $6,000 in cash, marijuana, methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Agents had made three controlled buys of methamphetamine from the Koyotee lounge. Romeo admitted that she had been receiving methamphetamine from Soto to sell.

Soto is set for sentencing Feb. 14. She faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million on the conspiracy count, not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on each distribution count, and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the remaining count.

Co-defendants include:
Jon Reed Woodbridge, who is set for trial Nov. 14.
Delaine Rae Romeo, who is set for sentencing Jan. 27, 2014.

Grissom commended the 1-70/I-35 Drug Task Force, the Salina Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway for their work on the case.

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