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Is 11 Years in Prison Too Much Time for Possessing and Intending to Sell More Than 1½ Pounds of Methamphetamine?

Posted by Fay Arfa | Jun 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

          Nicole Simmons pleaded guilty in October 2021 to one count of distribution of methamphetamine. Today, a federal judge sentenced 41-year-old Simmons, who had a prior drug trafficking conviction for selling methamphetamine, to 132 months in federal prison for incidents in which she possessed or sold a total of more than 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, twice in the presence of two juvenile girls.  In May 2018, law enforcement pulled over Simmons as she drove her car. While searching her car, law enforcement seized 113 grams (0.25 pounds) of methamphetamine. In March 2019 in Riverside County, Simmons sold 6.14 grams of methamphetamine to a buyer for $650. Later that same day, Simmons sold the buyer 450.42 grams (nearly one pound) of methamphetamine for $1,460. In May 2019, Simmons possessed with intent to distribute 132.87 grams (0.3 pounds) of methamphetamine in a backpack when she – along with two minor girls in her car – was pulled over by law enforcement. Simmons possessed a total of 702.53 grams (1.6 pounds) of methamphetamine.  Simmons had nine felony and five misdemeanor convictions between 1999 and 2011, including a felony drug trafficking conviction for selling methamphetamine. 

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Fay Arfa has the distinction of being Certified as a Specialist in two separate areas of law – Criminal Law as well as Appellate Law – by the California State Bar, Board of Specialization. The National Board of Trial Advocacy has also awarded her a board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. ...


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