July 22, 2013

Columbia County woman pleads guilty to role in "Operation Explosive Impact"

HARRISBURG - A Columbia County woman, who was arrested in November 2011 for her involvement in a methamphetamine manufacturing operation, pled guilty Friday, July 19, 2013, before Columbia County President Judge Thomas James.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the defendant, Christina Pearson, 33, last known address 186 Trailing Pine Road, Shickshinny, pled guilty to charges of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and manufacture of a controlled substance.

Pearson was arrested as part of "Operation Explosive Impact," which dismantled nine separate organizations that operated and produced large quantities of methamphetamine for distribution throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The investigation resulted in the dismantling of 16 clandestine methamphetamine labs located in Wilkes-Barre, White Have, Jonestown, Nescopeck Township, Edwardsville, Nanticoke, Hollenback Township and Beach Haven.

Pearson was a member of a one of those methamphetamine manufacturing operations working out of Columbia County, and continually purchased pseudoephedrine and other ingredients necessary to manufacture methamphetamine.

Six defendants who participated in the meth organization, with which Pearson was involved, have already been sentenced to state prison time.

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Pearson. Prosecutors will seek a mandatory minimum of three to six years in state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Timothy Doherty of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force.

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