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Dana Horton pleads guilty

CRYSTAL FALLS — A 45-year-old Caspian woman who was arrested on several methamphetamine charges in July 2018 pleaded guilty to one count of operating/maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory in Iron County Trial Court on Dec. 16.
    Dana Leigh Horton agreed to plead guilty to the charge as part of a plea arrangement in which one count of conspiracy to commit methamphetamine, one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine were dismissed.
    Operating/maintaining a methamphetamine lab is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The scoring guidelines for Horton call for a minimum of five to 23 months in jail or prison.
    Horton had been expected to go to trial Jan. 21-23.
    In the hearing, Horton admitted that her husband Stephen had manufactured methamphetamine in their home and that she aided and abetted him by purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing meth.
    Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 9 a.m.
    Judge Donald S. Powell remanded Horton to the Iron County Sheriff’s Department after her plea because she had tested positive for methamphetamine on two separate occasions while awaiting trial, resulting in a bond violation.