Feds Indict Orange County Trio For Selling Methamphetamine

A federal grand jury in Southern California has indicted three Orange County residents for allegedly conspiring to sell large quantities of methamphetamine in Garden Grove, Cypress and Buena Park.

According to the indictment, government agents arrested 43-year-old Jon Jason Mashburn, Dustin Craig Boston, 28, and Lorie Catherine Beck, 38, after they attempted to sell one pound of the illegal narcotic in August to a buyer who was a confidential informant for the Cypress Police Department.

Drug dealing apparently isn't a new endeavor for these defendants, who–before this case–had a combined 12 prior arrests, according to federal and state records.

They allegedly took counter-surveillance steps to avoid detection but were unaware that their caution was meaningless to on-the-ball undercover cops.
On Aug. 22, Mashburn–who has a loaded, 17-year adult rap sheet that includes more than a half dozen prior drug dealing-related convictions–led police on a high speed chase in an attempt to evade arrest.
Each of the defendants faces a single count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Beck is being detained inside the Santa Ana Jail while Boston, a mechanic, and Mashburn, who lists his occupation as sales, are residing for now inside the Orange County Jail.
It's not clear from records what potential prison sentences the trio face if eventually found guilty inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

[Note: The original version of this article incorrectly stated the defendants had entered not guilty pleas. As of Dec. 3, 2012, they haven't made any declarations.]

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