California Woman Pleads Guilty to Felony Drug Charges in Lubbock
A California woman, arrested near Abilene on Christmas Day in 2013, faces up to twenty years in federal prison for a felony drug offense.
On December 25, 2013, the Abilene Police Department received multiple calls of an SUV traveling east on I-20 at a rate of five miles-per-hour.
When officers located the vehicle, it was parked on the shoulder of the highway with 45-year-old Christini Lynn Brashear of Rocklin, California, asleep behind the wheel. Officers called for medical assistance and Brashear consented to have a police officer move her vehicle rather than having it towed.
Brashear also admitted to possessing and consuming methamphetamine during the trip at that time.
According to the Department of Justice, the officer responsible for moving Brashear’s vehicle noticed a strong smell of marijuana and subsequently discovered 166 pounds of the herb separated into one-pound bags.
The vehicle also contained multiple cellphones, road atlases and hand written directions to Houston.
Brashear pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings on Friday, October 31, 2014. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 29 years in federal prison and a $1 million dollar fine.
Judge Cummings ordered his customary pre-sentence investigation report, and a sentencing date will be set when that is completed.