News Release
January 17, 2006

East Hampton Woman Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth
Production Charge

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHELLE L. LANZI, age 37, of 138 Mott Hill Road, East Hampton, Connecticut, waived indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on June 8, 2005, LANZI was arrested at her residence when federal, state and local law enforcement agents arrived to execute a federal search warrant. LANZI today admitted that, on that date, she knowingly possessed a quantity of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

“Meth is not only a highly-addictive drug that ruins lives and families,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated, “but meth production poses a toxic and explosive hazard to the community. This office and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners are committed to aggressively prosecuting meth production and trafficking crimes.”

LANZI is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet B. Arterton on April 11, 2006, at 3:00 p.m., at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor recognized the cooperative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, East Hampton Police Department and Connecticut State Police who investigated this matter.