FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne woman pleaded guilty in US District Court Friday to money laundering in exchange for her possible future testimony in a case involving drug trafficking from a home on West State Boulevard.
Federal investigators indicted Melissa K. Martinez on October 28, 2015 on two counts alleging she had been involved with storing, distributing and manufacturing drugs, which included heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, from July of 2013 to December of 2014 from a home located at 641 West State Boulevard.
A third count alleged Martinez had conducted financial transactions from the home as a means to launder the drug money from July 2, 2013 to July 21, 2014.
Martinez was the only person indicted in the case.
On Friday, she agreed to plead guilty to the money laundering charge in return for the first two counts being dropped.
If the plea is accepted, Martinez agrees to testify at any future federal hearing she’s called to as a witness.
In return, she’ll avoid jail time and be sentenced to three years probation with placement in a halfway house for six months. She also waives the right to appeal the conviction.
She could have faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 had she gone to trial and been convicted on the money laundering charge.