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Dealer, pot-toting mom get sent to prison

TAMPA — A St. Petersburg mother who loaded her 10-year-old son and two duffel bags full of pot into a vehicle and fled as drug enforcement agents closed in on her home was sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday

Monique Pruitt, 29, received three years and 10 months in prison for her role in a marijuana ring, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew enhanced Pruitt's punishment for placing her son's life in danger at the time law enforcement executed a search warrant at their home.

Pruitt and Keith Pritchett, 30, were sentenced Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Pritchett drew nine years and three months in prison.

When agents went to the couple's home at 4225 Cortez Way S in St. Petersburg on Feb. 15 to execute a search, Pruitt learned they were coming, prosecutors said. So she loaded her 10-year-old son and two duffel bags filled with marijuana into her vehicle and tried to get away. Authorities later stopped her.

Prosecutors said that from sometime in 2003 until February 2008, Pritchett participated with unnamed co-conspirators to distribute marijuana in the St. Petersburg area and elsewhere.

Authorities said he used semitrailer trucks to ship multikilogram quantities of the drug to St. Petersburg from Arizona.

Dealer, pot-toting mom get sent to prison 11/26/08 [Last modified: Saturday, December 6, 2008 6:03pm]
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