A 24-year-old local woman who acted as the driver in an OxyContin deal with a police informant pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony drug charge.
Haley Rogers' plea deal will keep her out of prison if she completes a drug rehabilitation program and doesn't violate probation, though this at least the third felony charge she has faced in Juneau.
Sitka Superior Court Judge David George, who was reassigned the case from Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins, accepted the plea agreement that imposes a four-year prison sentence with three years suspended and three years probation. The year in prison can be served in rehab, if it is completed successfully, George said.
The felony drug charge Rogers pleaded guilty to is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. George scheduled sentencing for Aug. 13, 2010, to give Rogers time to complete the drug rehabilitation program. She is scheduled to be admitted on Monday to an inpatient program in Anchorage.
Rogers had originally been arrested on two felony charges for an April 8 drug deal with an undercover informant, including a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Rogers drove Amber Scroggins, 26, to sell 80-milligram pills of OxyContin to an undercover informant identified as JQ9 near the Airport Dike Trail, District Attorney Doug Gardner said in court Wednesday. The conversation during the drug deal was recorded, he said.
Gardner said during a court hearing in May that Rogers "tried to extract (a) slightly higher price" for the OxyContin, an opiate-based prescription pain medicine.
The plea agreement also requires Rogers to forfeit her 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier that she drove to the April drug deal. The car is valued at about $4,000, according to court documents.
The plea agreement also calls for Rogers to continue cooperating with the Juneau Police Department investigators, including the possibility of testifying against Scroggins.
Scroggins has pleaded not guilty to three felony drug charges related to the investigation, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A jury trial is set to begin Aug. 31.
Gardner described Scroggins' actions as "pretty rampant drug dealing" during a hearing in May, according to court documents.
The plea agreement Wednesday is not the first time Rogers has pleaded guilty to a drug-related charge. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2008 for using her grandmother's debit card to steal more than $900 to buy drugs, according to court documents.
Rogers was originally charged with two felony counts in that case, each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. She was sentenced to 12 months in prison with 11 months suspended and three years probation for the misdemeanor conviction. Time served in drug rehab at Rainforest Recovery Center in Juneau covered the remaining month.
Rogers admitted in court Wednesday to violating her 2008 probation by being involved with the April drug deal. As part of Wednesday's agreement, Rogers will not be charged with violating probation.
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