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Woman guilty of 9 drug counts

WARREN — A Niles woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a nine-count indictment linked to an extensive 2018 drug investigation handled by the sheriff’s Trumbull Action Group task force.

Deborah Spencer, 53, of Robbins Avenue, appeared for a plea hearing before Judge W. Wyatt McKay on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine, three counts; possession of crack cocaine, two counts; possession of heroin, two counts, and two counts aggravated possession of drugs. Spencer will be sentenced after she undergoes a background investigation compiled by the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department.

She could face a maximum of 22 years in prison.

Spencer remains free after posting a $25,000 bond.

According to assistant Prosecutor Gina Thomas, the charges stem from three separate buys in March 2018 involving a confidential informant to TAG agents. On March 14, 2018, the woman sold less than a pound of crack for $60. Other crack sales of less than one pound were recorded by TAG on March 20, 2018, and April 3, 2018, respectively, Thomas said.

On April 6, 2018, TAG agents raided Spencer’s home in Niles, where they found two bags of a heroin / fentanyl mix weighing less than a pound and less than a pound of cocaine, plus $2,310 in cash.

McKay said the guilty pleas triggered Spencer forfeiting the cash found in the raid.

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