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Retired Nurse Sentenced For Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Forfeits $750K

U.S. District Court in New Haven.
U.S. District Court in New Haven. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A former nurse from Connecticut who forfeited her home and more than $750,000 after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering will be spending time behind bars.

Christine Miles of Windsor Locks has been sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam. 

She also admitted to engaging and attempting to engage in a monetary transaction affecting interstate commerce, involving criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000, in district court this week for her role in a scheme that dates back to 1998.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 1998, Miles, 59, a retired nurse, and others conspired to possess and distribute heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam in Connecticut.

On Aug. 4, 2016, members of the North Central Narcotics Task Force and the DEA conducted a search of Miles’ residence, where a large quantity of various prescription medications, approximately two pounds of marijuana, $10,093 in cash and more than $13,000 in gift cards were seized.

 Miles and her husband, Oscar Montoya, were arrested on state charges following the sweep.

Further investigation found that through the drug trafficking conspiracy, Miles and her husband amassed more than $700,000 in several bank accounts. 

The investigation also found that following her arrest on state charges, Miles used $17,359 of drug proceeds to purchase 11 U.S. Postal Service money orders and a bank cashier’s check payable to a New Jersey-based moving company for a planned move from Connecticut to New Mexico.

Miles was arrested on federal charges on Nov. 16 last year, and she has been detained since her arrest. On Feb. 2 this year, another court-authorized search of her North Street residence revealed additional drug evidence and $41,904 in cash. 

Montoya pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced to 36 months in prison. On May 22, 2018, Miles’s daughter, Christy Miles, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam. She awaits sentencing.

In pleading guilty, Miles agreed to forfeit her interest in her Windsor Locks residence and $767,056.74 seized from the residence and multiple bank accounts. She had faced up to 30 years in prison.

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