In District Court on Monday, Melissa Annen was found guilty of one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance after taking a plea agreement and pleading no contest to the charge.
Annen now faces up to three years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both, on the attempted distribution charge, which is a class 3A Felony.
According to court records, on Jan. 20, an investigator, who was assisted by the WING Drug Task Force, “conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine,” with the help of a confidential informant.
They purchased 1.3 grams of methamphetamine from a person identified as Melissa Annen. The investigators attached an audio recording device to the confidential informant and set up surveillance of the purchase location.
At about 2:14 p.m., investigators observed the informant approach a vehicle, a white sedan, in a parking lot. The informant sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle, and then exited after a short time.
The informant told investigators that they would wait in Annen’s apartment.
The vehicle left the parking lot and returned to an apartment complex at about 2:40 p.m. Investigators observed Annen exit the vehicle and enter her apartment. The informant later told the investigators they gave Annen $100 while they were in the apartment.
Annen left the apartment and drove away. At 3:04 p.m., Annen returned to the purchase location and met with the confidential informant. After a brief time, the informant walked away from Annen’s vehicle, and investigators observed Annen, the sole occupant of the vehicle, drive away from the location.
The confidential informant met with investigators, and handed them a small bag containing a white, crystalline substance, which later tested positive as methamphetamine. The informant told investigators they had received the methamphetamine while they were in the parking lot after Annen’s source allegedly contacted her.
Annen was arrested and charged with two counts of distributing an exceptionally hazardous drug, a class 2 Felony. Those charges were reduced as part of the plea agreement.
Judge Travis O’Gorman ordered a pre-sentence report be conducted and set sentencing for January.