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Jamestown woman pleads guilty to maintaining drug-involved premises

A Jamestown woman who the U.S. Attorney’s Office said allowed a drug dealer to use her home for a drug trafficking operation has pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Chelsey Hunt, 29, entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

Between January and December 2018, Hunt rented the second floor of a residence on Linden Avenue in Jamestown. While living there with her children, Hunt — in violation of the terms of her lease — allowed co-defendant Douglas Beardsley to live in the attic. Beardsley conducted his methamphetamine and heroin trafficking operation from the attic.

“Hunt took an active role in assisting the operation, such as helping with Beardsley’s customers and informing about police activity around the residence,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. “The defendant also sold small amounts of narcotics for Beardsley and purchased narcotics for her personal use as well.”

Charges remain pending against Douglas Beardsley.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

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