Lewiston woman convicted on federal crack charge

Posted Nov. 02, 2013, at 5:41 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A city woman was convicted Friday in federal court after a two-day jury trial on a charge of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Amanda Rodriguez, 28, transported about 50 grams of crack cocaine from Connecticut to Maine for distribution, according to prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Portland. The crack was packaged into more than 150 “rocks” for sale on the street.

She was arrested Jan. 9 with two other co-defendants after a traffic stop in Auburn at the Maine Turnpike exit. She was driving the vehicle and was carrying about eight of the crack rocks. She was expected to be paid for her role in the transport. Law enforcement was tipped off about the trip by an informant, according to a trial brief.

Rodriguez faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. She is expected to be sentenced following completion of a pre-sentencing investigation report conducted by the U.S. Probation Office, according to a written release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland.

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with help from Maine State Police and the Lewiston and Auburn police departments, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II said.

 

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