A woman who faced up to life in prison for cocaine trafficking now faces five to 40 years in a plea deal.
Bobbie Gayle Gartin, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday on a Jan. 14, 2015, drug deal in Biloxi involving a kilo of cocaine.
Had she gone to trial, she was looking at 10 years to life in prison if convicted on conspiracy to distribute 5 or more kilos of cocaine over a period of 18 months. Five kilos is 11 pounds; 1 kilo is 2.2 pounds.
Gartin is one of three people charged in the same indictment, accused in distribution of cocaine in Harrison County from Nov. 14, 2014, until the time of the indictment on May 3, 2016.
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Gartin was brought to federal court in Gulfport in August after an initial court appearance at the federal courthouse in Denver.
Co-defendant Reginald Tracy Daniels, also 37, had his first court appearance in federal court in Montgomery, Alabama.
Gartin and Daniels had first pleaded not guilty. They were arraigned in August and released on bond.
Both have ties to south Alabama, court papers show. Bond conditions restricted their travel to south Alabama and South Mississippi, and for court purposes only.
Gartin was taken into custody after changing her plea Monday.
Tracy Jermaine Richard is the third person indicted. Federal court records do not show Richard has been arrested.
A conspiracy charge in the indictment says each of the three was accountable for 5 or more kilos of cocaine.
Federal drug-trafficking protocols set the stiffest penalties in cocaine cases for quantities of 5 or more kilos.