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Woman linked to cartel sentenced to 27 years
Quote:ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque woman with ties to the Sinaloa cartel was sentenced to 27 years in prison for a drug trafficking conviction Monday.

A jury convicted Sandra Cook, 53, after a three-day trial a in May. She was facing a possible life sentence.

Bundles of more than seven pounds of meth and $22,000 in cash were found when authorities executed a search warrant at Cook’s home in June 2015, according to a new release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico..

“There’s going to be a lot of wrecked lives, a lot of wrecked families,” as a result of Cook’s drug dealing, U.S. District Court Judge William Johnson said during Cook’s sentencing hearing on Monday.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office detective Jerry Koppman said during the hearing that Cook was “very connected” with Sinaloa cartel members. He said Cook would receive meth from cartel members based in Arizona and she would then distribute the drugs to Albuquerque-area meth dealers.

When she was arrested, authorities found her with more than 400 grams of 100 percent pure meth, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Eric Hannum, Cook’s attorney, asked for a 15-year prison sentence. He said his client was sexually abused by her stepfather when she was 12 to 18. Hannum said in a sentencing memorandum that because of that abuse Cook developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and she’s used drugs to cope with that and stress and anxiety.

09-11-2017 06:50 PM
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RE: Woman linked to cartel sentenced to 27 years
Just shy of a pound doesn't seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, which is not to say she didn't deserve her sentence. They could have given her life and I wouldn't have sympathized in the least with her.
09-12-2017 09:38 AM
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