A woman who was implicated as a drug dealer in federal court took a plea deal with the government, fessing up to the crimes.
Cynthia Paulino was not indicted in federal court. Instead, the US Attorney General’s office brought charges against her through information received and sealed a day after she was picked up earlier this month.
Today, she made her initial appearance before the court, taking a deal with the government and pleading guilty to possessing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
By taking the deal, Paulino faces up 10 years to life behind bars. But based on her cooperation, the government may motion for a downward departure from the mandatory minimums.
Sentencing for the crime has not been determined. However, she was granted pre-sentencing release with no objections from the government.
A status hearing has been set for Jan. 16, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.