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was arrested in May of 2000 for her
participation in a methamphetamine conspiracy ring in Texas that involved 15 other individuals, including her
The Drug Enforcement Agency
(DEA) began to monitor the ring in 1996 and claimed that throughout their surveillance period Dana
delivered money, acted as a courier, and occasionally distributed methamphetamine to other individuals.
was a meth addict whose involvement in the conspiracy was motivated by her
addiction and the need to pay off drug debt.
frequently received drugs as payment and only had $11 in her
bank account at the time of her
arrest-hardly the earnings typical for someone with the level of involvement the DEA
attributed to her
When charged, Dana
was held accountable for the 12.25 pounds of methamphetamine that the prosecution alleged she
distributed throughout the conspiracy (no drugs were found on her
case to trial, where she
was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments at trial.
Raised in Texas, Dana
lived with both parents until they divorced when she
Several years later, Dana
moved in with her
father, who was a heavy drug user.
started to experiment with drugs at age twelve and was using meth by the time she
Despite her drug use, Dana was an exemplary student in high school and was a member of the National Honor Society.
After graduating in 1989, she attended school to become a legal secretary at VTI Business Computer School for Paralegal Studies, where she maintained a straight-A average.
also completed three courses at a junior college.
To support herself, Dana worked as an administrative assistant and a bartender for a period of time.
achievements, Dana's drug addiction worsened.
At the time of her
had been an addict for 15 years.
Unfortunately, even Dana's arrest did not completely halt her
drug use and she
failed multiple urinalysis tests while out on bond awaiting trial.
was finally able to overcome her
addiction while incarcerated.
Since entering the prison system, Dana
has held the same job and has never received an incident report.
She takes her rehabilitation seriously and has completed the CHANGE program, serving as a mentor for two years.
situation, Dana states, "I was definitely guilty of wrong doing…I believe that first-time nonviolent offenders should be given a second chance.
I know that all I needed was to get off of the drugs to become a productive member of society.
I am clean and healthy now and am thankful for that."
What sentence do you think Dana
should have received?
Because of the amount of methamphetamine attributed to her
, Dana's original guideline level was 36.
received a two-point enhancement for obstruction of justice for allegedly instructing a codefendant to lie on the stand, which resulted in a total offense level of 38.
With no prior convictions, Dana
was sentenced at the lower end of the guideline range of 235 months - to 19 years and seven months.
was hardly a "kingpin," she
received a greater sentence than 14 of her
Aside from Dana
, no one received a sentence greater than 180 months, with the exception of her
father, who received a 23-year sentence.