August 15, 2013

Texas woman pleads guilty in Maine bath salts case

The woman was one of four people arrested in January when authorities also seized 18 pounds of the drug with a street value of more than $1.2 million.

The Associated Press

BANGOR — A Texas woman arrested in what law enforcement officials call one of the biggest bath salts busts in Maine history has pleaded guilty.

WABI-TV reports that Elizabeth Fuentes of Houston was sentenced to 2½ years in jail after pleading guilty this week in Penobscot County court to drug trafficking. More serious charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

The 31-year-old Fuentes was one of four people arrested in Hermon in January when authorities also seized 18 pounds of the synthetic hallucinogenic drug with a street value of more than $1.2 million.

Authorities say the drugs were manufactured in China and imported to Maine and Texas.

Fuentes' lawyer says his client played a minor role in the conspiracy.

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