Monticello Woman Sentenced To Prison For Drug Trafficking

MONTICELLO -- Loretta Prater, 25, of Monticello, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for first and second degree trafficking in controlled substances in Wayne Circuit Court on Monday, January 8, according to Matthew B. Leveridge, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wayne and Russell counties.

An investigation by Operation UNITE and the Monticello Police Department revealed that Prater and another individual were selling narcotics from a residence on Allen Street in Monticello, according to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton, the attorney who prosecuted the case.

Dalton stated that an informant with Operation UNITE purchased 5 Percocet pills and 4 Hydrocodone pills from Prater and the other individual on May 10, 2006, from the same residence on Allen Street. Prater pled guilty to both counts on December 5, 2006.

At the sentencing hearing on January 8 Prater asked the court to probate her sentence ­ claiming that she would use probation as an opportunity to better herself. Dalton objected, noting that Prater could have bettered herself without turning to selling drugs.

Wayne Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard rejected the request for probation, stating that probation would unduly minimize the seriousness of Prater's conduct. Miniard remanded Prater into the custody of the department of corrections to begin service of her sentence.

Leveridge thanked Operation UNITE and the Monticello Police Department for their excellent efforts in this case.

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