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March 30, 2015  
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Northern Michigan Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Cocaine Conviction
Rachel Hansen’s extensive criminal history led to increased prison sentence

MAR 30 (MARQUETTE, Mich.) – Rachel Lynn Hansen, age 32, of Ishpeming, Michigan, was sentenced to 151 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., announced today. After her release, she will serve three years of court supervision. Hanson, a mother of three, was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell found that Hanson was a “career offender” due to her extensive criminal history, which included three prior felony drug convictions. As a result, Hanson was subject to a significantly increased sentence.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) began their most recent investigation of Hanson in January 2014, when they learned that she was again involved in drug trafficking. The DEA and UPSET executed a search warrant at Hanson’s residence in Ishpeming on January 30, 2014. Police found drugs and money in the residence. Hanson was interviewed and admitted selling cocaine and heroin in the Ishpeming area during 2013 and 2014. Her prior convictions include delivery or manufacture of marijuana in 2005, possession of cocaine in 2007, and delivery or manufacture of crack cocaine in 2010.

Prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat.


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