Florida woman pleads guilty in flakka trafficking case
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A South Florida woman has pleaded guilty in a federal case involving importation of the synthetic drug flakka from China.
Court records show 22-year-old Jaime Nicole Lewis pleaded guilty Monday in West Palm Beach federal court of conspiring to import the key flakka ingredient into the U.S. Her co-defendant Kevin Raphael Bully has pleaded not guilty.
Lewis faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
The pair was charged after Drug Enforcement Administration agents based in London intercepted U.S.-bound drug packages shipped from Hong Kong. An undercover DEA agent posing as a delivery company employee brought the packages to Lewis’ home where Bully signed for them.
Flakka has become a major drug abuse problem in South Florida. It can cause delusions and paranoia and can give users adrenalin-fueled strength requiring restraint.