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Woman in drug ring case receives probation

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 2nd, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A Romeo woman who conspired to sell Ecstasy and oxycodone will be spending the next year of her life on probation.

Savannah Leigh McDermott avoided jail time for the misdemeanor crime of obstructing a peace officer, but she still faces consequences for her actions as a member of a regional drug trafficking ring.

A district court judge sentenced McDermott on June 25 to 45 days of electronic home monitoring, plus one year of probation. Under the terms of her sentence, she must also pay a $500 fine and standard court costs and fees, and perform 100 hours of community service.

Prosecutors originally charged the 22-year-old woman with conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, but they later amended that count to felony distribution of an imitation controlled substance.

However, the amended charge ultimately disappeared in exchange for McDermott’s plea to the misdemeanor offense.

With McDermott’s sentencing, prosecutors have nearly wrapped up the cases against numerous members of a drug trafficking ring that reached from Conejos County to Salida and Cańon City.

In McDermott’s case, police reported that La Jara resident Stella Ann Schimpf sold an undercover Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent $440 worth of Ecstasy pills on her behalf.

The pills, which were named after cartoon characters like Superman and the Transformers, contained high levels of caffeine, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation lab analysts.

The undercover agent met with McDermott later on and told her that the quality of the Ecstasy wasn’t very good.

McDermott “somewhat apologized,” telling the agent that the drugs came from California. She added that she would be able to sell him some oxycodone at another time, according to court records.

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