HOUSTON – A 51-year-old woman has been ordered to federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Elizabeth K. Fisher pleaded guilty Jan. 11, 2020.
Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt ordered Fisher to serve an 84-month-term of imprisonment to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Hoyt noted the sentence should provide deterrence to those that traffic in controlled substances.
Fisher intended to come to Houston where she would receive shipments of cocaine to test and store before delivering it someone who would transport it Canada.
She first flew into the United States in April 2019. While she did not receive any drugs on that trip, she did rent a townhouse before returning to Calgary, Canada, April 30.
On May 12, 2019, Fisher returned to Houston and her rented residence. Less than a week later, she drove to a Home Depot where she met with an individual who got in her car and drove off while Fisher entered the store. Authorities later saw her talking on her phone as she exited the parking lot in her vehicle.
Law enforcement executed a traffic stop and found four duffle bags containing a total of 78 kilograms of cocaine.
Fisher has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration in Houston and Vancouver, Canada, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation along with law enforcement in Calgary. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe prosecuted the case.