Hearing set in Otsego meth-by-mail case

By: 
Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

 

A woman accused by federal prosecutors of receiving methamphetamine through the mail at the Otsego Post Office is scheduled for a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. 

Magdalena Stevenson of Otsego has been charged with two counts of using the postal system to distribute illegal drugs. 
 
According to federal court records, postal inspectors tracked a package sent last fall from “a known drug distribution area” to a rented post office box in Otsego. After seeking help from police and from local postal officials, postal inspectors waited and arrested Stevenson outside after she arrived to pick up the package Oct. 9. 
 
Charges were filed soon after but then dropped without prejudice in late October. They were refiled Wednesday, April 9, according to federal court records, a plea hearing in the case has been set for  Friday, April 18, in US. District Court before Judge Janet T. Neff. 
 
According to the court documents, Stevenson was part of a network shipping meth around the country. Documents stated, “The crystal methamphetamine suppliers shipped the drugs on a regular basis to the defendant, who used a Post Office Box in Allegan County to receive the shipments. Defendant registered the Post Office Box in the name of a fictitious business enterprise.
 
After receiving the crystal methamphetamine from her sources of supply, Defendant repackaged the drugs and shipped them, at a profit, in smaller quantities to methamphetamine dealers and users in other parts of the United States, to include New York, Montana, California, and the Eastern District of Michigan.”
 
If the plea agreement is accepted, Stevenson could receive a maximum of four years in federal prison. 
 

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