Woman pleads guilty in California-to-Connecticut pot scheme

Crime

A Connecticut woman who with her then-boyfriend made several trips to California to buy large quantities of marijuana that authorities say was then sold in Connecticut has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

The Hartford Courant reports that Kiara Lopez pleaded guilty Tuesday and faces up to three years in prison at sentencing Jan. 29.

Related: Police: 70 pounds of marijuana seized in Manchester drug bust

The 23-year-old Manchester woman told police she and her boyfriend bought as much as 100 pounds of pot per trip, which they packaged and then shipped back to Connecticut via FedEx to houses in East Hartford and Vernon.

Kenneth Chaparro (left) and Kiara Lopez (right) (Photo: Manchester police)

Police say they found 70 pounds of marijuana during a search of her apartment.

The couple was arrested in February as they were about to board a plane to California.

Charges against the former boyfriend are pending.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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