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PHOENIX — A Sacaton woman was sentenced Tuesday to 57 months in prison for selling methamphetamine on the Gila River Indian Community.

Carmela M. Lopez, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing meth with the intent to distribute it, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Between February and March of 2016, Lopez sold meth to an undercover officer on at least three occasions. Two of these sales happened at her home on the reservation.

A family member with a grudge against the defendant led the undercover agent to Lopez, according to a memorandum written by the defendant’s attorney. Lopez was arrested and indicted in November 2016 on three counts of meth possession.

Her attorney claims Lopez didn’t own or control the meth she was caught selling; she was rather the “intermediary” between buyers and sellers.

Lopez reportedly developed a substance abuse problem early in life to cope with a difficult home life and abusive parents. This was her first felony conviction.

After serving her prison sentence, Lopez will be placed on supervised probation for three years. She’s asked the court to send her to a drug treatment program within the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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