Monday, May 15, 2023

Joplin woman pleads guilty to dealing meth, heroin, cocaine

During a hearing this morning in U. S. District Court in Springfield, Lateisha Rodriguez, 26, Joplin, pleaded guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing will be held at a later date.

According to the indictment, Lateisha Rodriguez sold meth January 30, 2019, heroin February 17, 2019 and cocaine July 25, 2019.

The grand jury indicted Rodriguez three weeks after she was given a suspended sentence in Jasper County Circuit Court on a felony drug trafficking charge. The crimes cited in the federal indictment all allegedly took place during the time Rodriguez was awaiting trial on the Jasper County charge.

Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Dean Dankelson, following the plea agreement submitted by the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office, suspended Rodriguez' sentence for selling a controlled substance on December 10, 2018, and placed her on supervised probation for five years.

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