Woman reaches plea deal in drug case

Published 7:49 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Amy Beth Wagner, 26

Another woman involved in a 2016 drug bust has reached a plea agreement.

Amy Beth Wagner, 26, of Austin pleaded guilty as part of the deal to felony third-degree sale of a narcotic, while a second-degree drug sale in a park zone felony charge was dismissed.

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According to court records, Austin police and United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents executed a search warrant at 802 12th Ave. SW At 5:53 a.m. on June 16, 2016.

Stephanie Behrends, 31, and Brianna Constance Kay Ober, 21, were in the home and are known associates of a drug dealer.

Police seized about 30 grams of heroin and 80 grams of crack cocaine. The suspects showed officers the drugs were located in Ober’s shoes near the front door.

Officers also gathered information on each suspect through informants and observed drug sales to arrest the other suspects.

Ober was previously sentenced to a stayed 21-month prison term for third-degree drug possession of a narcotic, meaning she’ll only serve prison time if she fails to follow 20 conditions.

She will serve 20 years of supervised probation and must complete 40 hours of community service

Behrends was sentenced to a stayed 27-month prison term for third-degree possession as part of a plea agreement, meaning she’ll serve 20 years of probation and must follow 19 conditions.

Others charged in the incident include:

—Carolyn Michelle Molhusen, 26, of Austin was previously sentenced to 20 years of supervised probation and six days in jail with credit for six days served. She agreed to a plea agreement for third-degree sale of a narcotic.

—Tangelia Patrice Jones, 33, of Austin was sentenced to a stayed 33-month prison term for third-degree sale of a narcotic. As long as she follows 19 conditions and pays $135 in fees, she’ll serve 30 years of supervised probation. She received credit for eight days served.

—Ernest Pitchford, 37, pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to commit third-degree sale of a narcotic as part of a plea agreement, while three other third-degree drug crime charges and second-degree drug sales counts, all felonies, were dismissed.