A Dickinson woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to delivery of a controlled substance, a Class B felony.
Andrea Faith Klein, 21, of Dickinson, appeared before Judge William A. Herauf in Stark County District Court.
According to the criminal complaint, on March 13, Klein "delivered approximately 3.2 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant for a price of $360."
In North Dakota, a Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.
Klein was given a deferred sentence for three years, with three years supervised probation.
Herauf expressed some reservations about accepting the plea agreement.
"I look at this charge and look at her record, and she doesn't have anything near as serious as this one," he said. "I'm a little concerned about this."
Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Engelstad said the agreement is fair and reasonable.
"Miss Klein is fairly young, and it wasn't a large amount (of cocaine)," she said. "With a charge like this, especially at her age, it can really have some harsh future implications."
If Klein violates the terms of the agreement, including the use drugs or being arrested again, she will face the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, Herauf noted.
"She's crawling up the ladder," he said. "This is a serious drug, cocaine. That's a concern for her personally. But the fact that she gave it to someone else has me extremely concerned. What can you tell me that will convince me why I should take this agreement?"
Klein's attorney, Ashley Hurlbert, said Klein understands the seriousness of the charge.
"She has some substance abuse issues, and she needs to get that checked," Hurlbert said. "At this point, her desire is to work and make money."
She added, "She's taking responsibility for what she's done. She understands this is basically her last chance as far as this goes."
Herauf accepted the agreement, and gave Klein stern words of caution.
"Stay away from this stuff. Ten years is a real long time," he said. "You don't want to mess around with this. You want to make sure you get some help."