A Tennessee woman accused in a scheme that brought more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana to Billings admitted federal charges today.
Windy Werner, 29, of Portland, Tenn., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and admitted she was responsible for more than 100 kilograms, or about 220 pounds. Co-defendant Saul Nuno, 31, of Billings, also pleaded guilty this week, while a third co-defendant, Steven B. Nava Jr., is awaiting trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Seykora said Werner worked with Nuno and Nava from late 2002 to 2004 to unpack, weigh, repackage and distribute marijuana. Nuno and Nava, he said, were the main recipients of pot shipments that came from Mexico through California. Nuno was responsible for up to 1,540 pounds, he said.
Werner faces a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull set sentencing for April 30 and ordered Werner into custody.