For Immediate Release
Macy Woman Sentenced to 76 Months for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Crimes
United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Teriona Freemont, age 25, of Macy, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court, in Omaha, Nebraska, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and for being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. Chief United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Freemont to 76 months of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After completing her term of imprisonment, Freemont will begin a 5-year term of supervised release.
On March 8, 2020, after traveling through Nebraska, Freemont and co-conspirators Pablo Leyva and Chrystian Townsley drove in a truck in Arizona on their way to Mexico to engage in drug trafficking. They brought a Diamondback Arms, Inc., DB-15 rifle to facilitate the drug trafficking. Officers in Arizona pulled them over and took the rifle. Freemont was prohibited from possessing firearms because she was an unlawful user of methamphetamine and marijuana.
After the traffic stop, Freemont, Leyva, and Townsley continued traveling toward Mexico. During the next few days, they reached the Mexican border, entered Mexico to facilitate drug trafficking, left the truck in Mexico, and re-entered the United States on foot. After re-entering, another individual drove to Arizona, picked them up, and they began traveling back to Nebraska. On March 14, 2020, in Liberal, Kansas, while driving to Nebraska, an officer pulled them over and located 5 cellophane wrapped packages collectively containing about 4 pounds of methamphetamine and 65 fentanyl pills in the vehicle. Freemont, Leyva, and Townsley were transporting the drugs to distribute them.
Leyva and Townsley both previously pled guilty to a firearm and conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine charges and received sentences of 20 years’ and 15 years’ imprisonment respectively.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the United States Secret Service, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.