Woman sentenced to prison for meth trafficking

Steve Garrison
Eva Schertz

FARMINGTON — A 33-year-old Mesa, Ariz., woman who was arrested last year on allegations she possessed more than a pound of methamphetamine was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison.

Agents from the Region II Narcotics Taskforce arrested Eva Schertz on Jan. 24, 2015, near the 106 mile marker on N.M. Highway 371 on suspicion she was trafficking meth in a vehicle across the New Mexico-Arizona border, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Inside the vehicle, agents found a blue purse containing approximately 1.25 pounds of methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

At the time of her arrest, Schertz was out on bond on charges of drug trafficking and drug possession, according to court records.

She pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking on Nov. 6 in a plea agreement with prosecutors. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed all other charges.

At Thursday's sentencing hearing, prosecutor David Cowen requested that Judge John Dean sentence Schertz to nine years in prison, the maximum sentence.

He told Dean that the meth agents seized had a street value of $55,00 to $83,000, and Schertz drove to Phoenix with the intention of buying large quantities of the illicit substance.

"Behind every trafficking case, there are the people that drive out of state and get the weight," Cowen said. "She is one of those people."

Schertz entered her plea on Thursday as a repeat offender due to a previous conviction for intent to distribute a controlled substance in La Plata County, Colo.

"Her behavior has only gotten worse," Cowen said.

Schertz's attorney, Arlon Stoker, argued his client was a good and intelligent person and asked the judge to allow her to seek drug treatment.

Schertz told the judge she regretted her actions.

"I apologize for my actions and my time incarcerated has shown me selling drugs is a bad idea," she said.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.