A Rockingham County woman accused of playing a role in a drug-dealing operation in the Shenandoah County area reached a plea deal with a federal prosecutor last week.
A grand jury in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg indicted Brooke McIntosh, 27, of Timberville, in early December on one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The grand jury indicted McIntosh as one of nearly 20 people arrested as a result of an undercover investigation that targeted drug trafficking, specifically heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.
An agreement reached between Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson A. Hoffman and McIntosh’s defense counsel Gregory Bowman and dated Jan. 28 called for the defendant to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. In exchange for McIntosh’s plea, the agreement filed Jan. 29 calls for federal prosecutors to dismiss her remaining charge.
The agreement also notes that the court may order McIntosh to forfeit any assets and to pay restitution.
A conviction on the conspiracy charge carries a punishment of a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years to a maximum sentence of life, plus a fine of up to $10 million. A conviction would also call for the defendant to complete five years of supervised probation upon release from incarceration.
The agreement does not include a punishment.
U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon scheduled a hearing for March 6 at which McIntosh is expected to change her plea from not guilty to guilty.