July 17, 2012
A New Mexico woman who spent two years on the run is back in Kansas to face a charge of possessing 160 pounds of marijuana.
Norma Quintana, 47, of Albuquerque, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of failure to appear in federal court on the drug charge.
Quintana initially was charged in March, 2010 after she and her husband, Hector Hernandez-Valdez, were arrested during a traffic stop on a highway near Pratt. After she was released on bond, Quintana failed to show up for any further hearings in the case.
This week, a judge granted prosecutors’ motion to dismiss the charges against her husband. Hector Hernandez-Valdez was murdered in Mexico while he was a fugitive in the case.
If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the marijuana charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count.
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