Accused drug dealers have hearingsA Dickinson woman facing five drug-related Class A felonies is contemplating accepting a plea agreement, though she did not accept it during her pretrial conference Tuesday.
A Dickinson woman facing five drug-related Class A felonies is contemplating accepting a plea agreement, though she did not accept it during her pretrial conference Tuesday.
The agreement would have Samantha Entze plead guilty to all charges — three counts of delivery of MDMA (which is also known as ecstasy), one count of conspiracy to deliver MDMA and one count of delivery of prescription drugs.
In exchange for her guilty pleas, the agreement Entze is considering would give her a suspended sentence of five years in prison and five years of probation, her attorney, Kevin McCabe said at the hearing.
He added Entze had a valid prescription for the medication she allegedly sold because of a “severe accident.”
However, Judge H. Patrick Weir wanted more background information on Entze before the agreement was finalized.
“These are serious charges and I am going to order a presentence investigation and we’ll reschedule this hearing after I receive that,” Weir said.
Part of the deal being negotiated is that Entze must pay restitution and complete the North Dakota Teen Challenge program.
“It’s a high-intensity treatment program that’s faith-based,” McCabe said after the hearing.
People of any age can enroll in the program, he added.
Entze and 16 others were arrested in July after authorities infiltrated alleged drug activity in Stark County.
Jared Dillon of Dickinson was also arrested in the sting and had a pretrial conference at the Stark County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
He is charged with allegedly delivering methamphetamine, a Class A felony.
“I think the parties are going to reach an agreement,” Hope said.
He asked for an extended plea deadline to allow plea negotiations.
“We’ll give you until Friday to reach a plea agreement,” Weir said.
If an agreement is reached, a plea hearing will be scheduled, Hope said. Otherwise, Dillon will go to trial.
Entze and Dillon each face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each charge.
Both have experienced many setbacks in their cases since the confidential informant who allegedly witnessed the drug activity in most of the 17 cases was missing for months.
However, the informant was found in February.