Cocaine Dealer Who Checked Her Son Out Of High School To Be Part Of Big Sale Pleads Guilty

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Leticia Gonzalez
Leticia Gonzalez

A female cocaine dealer who checked her son out of high school so he could translate for her on a major cocaine deal in Chattanooga has pleaded guilty.

Leticia Gonzalez pleaded guilty in Chattanooga Federal Court to a charge of selling cocaine.

She will be sentenced Aug. 8 by Judge Curtis Collier. She faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison. She remains in jail while awaiting sentencing.

Two men who were arrested with her last September at the Cracker Barrel in Lookout Valley - Marciso Nava Valdez and Jaime Mantilla Soberanis - are currently on trial in Judge Collier's courtroom.

According to an affidavit in the case, Ms. Gonzalez "proclaims to be a high-level cocaine trafficker who has been involved in narcotics trafficking in the Northern District of Georgia for approximately eight years." She is from the Atlanta area.

There were several meetings in the Chattanooga area between Ms. Gonzalez and an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. That culminated in the meeting at the Cracker Barrel.

Authorities said she presented $75,000 in cash for the drug buy. That money was confiscated after agents swooped in and arrested the trio. Also taken were cash sums of $1,200 and $5,000. 

  

  


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