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Juneau woman enters guilty plea in drug dealing case

Posted: January 26, 2012 - 1:08am

A Juneau woman who was arrested and charged for dealing drugs out of her house — situated on the same street as police headquarters — pleaded guilty in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday.

Danielle E. Cashen, 46, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of one count of second-degree attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class ‘B’ felony, and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class ‘C’ felony, in a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

The deal dismissed two other drug charges: one count of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for knowingly delivering cocaine and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for maintaining a dwelling used for keeping or distributing controlled substances. Both of the dismissed counts were felonies.

A grand jury indicted Cashen in August for delivering oxycodone and cocaine from her house in the 6200 block of Alaway Avenue on two separate occasions to an undercover Juneau Police Department informant.

The informant told police Cashen was “a source of supply for various drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and several prescription opiates,” Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp wrote in an affidavit.

On July 21, 2011, JPD conducted a controlled drug buy, and the informant purchased three bags of cocaine for $100 from Cashen in her house, the affidavit stated.

Officers conducted another controlled buy on Aug. 9 with the same informant, and for $300 the informant purchased six small pills stamped with the letter ‘M’ on one side and the number ‘30’ on the other, also from Cashen in her house, the affidavit stated. The pills were found to be 30-milligram tablets of oxycodone hydrochloride, the affidavit stated.

Officers then applied for and received a search warrant for the residence, and found paraphernalia and prescription medications, according to the affidavit. An officer later conducted an interview with Cashen who allegedly admitted to selling cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription medication, prosecutors alleged.

Cashen was released on bail, but court documents show on Nov. 3, 2011, she became involved in another JPD investigation when a woman sold an undercover JPD detective four-tenths of a gram of methamphetamine for $120 in front of Cashen’s house. The detective watched the person, Nicole Jean Clayton, 19, who was also arrested on felony charges, enter Cashen’s house and exit with heroin. Later that month on Nov. 29, 2011 another JPD investigation revealed that drugs were being packaged and weighed inside her house, according to another affidavit filed by Kemp. That investigation led to the arrest of Christopher Waterhouse, 25, who allegedly sold the informant .02 grams of heroin, according to the affidavit. Court records show Waterhouse is currently facing three counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for manufacturing and/or delivering a Schedule IA substance, all class ‘A’ felonies.

A search of Cashen’s house on Dec. 1, 2011, confirmed drug paraphernalia, as well as marijuana, was inside the residence, the affidavit stated.

For that, Cashen was charged on Dec. 2, 2011, with one count of violating the conditions of her release for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. That’s a class ‘A’ misdemeanor. That charge was dismissed along with the two other drug charges in the plea agreement.

Judge Philip Pallenberg accepted the plea deal and scheduled a sentencing hearing for April 12.

Kemp also filed a notice of her intent to seek presumptive sentencing terms since Cashen allegedly has two prior felony convictions — one from a Washington state case for unlawful possession of controlled substance, and another from a Fairbanks case in 2004 for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Pallenberg informed Cashen presumptive sentencing terms for the two counts she pleaded guilty to would be six to 10 years for the class ‘B’ felony and three to five years for the class ‘C’ felony.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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