CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The “Ice Queen” of Cincinnati was sentenced to 20 years in prison for leading a drug trafficking organization, according to United State Attorney Benjamin Glassman.
Glassman said 42-year-old Stacey Howell obtained high grade methamphetamine from Mexico and distributed it in southern Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Court documents say Howell and her husband, Thomas “Michalo” Wilson, 45, acquired the drugs from sources in Mexico. Wilson was an associate of the Mexican Mafia, Surenos-13 and La Familia from Michoacan, Mexico.
Either she, her husband or another member of the organization would pick up the drugs and bring them back to the Tri-State for distribution beginning in 2012.
Howell paid members of the organization with cash, green dot cards, trading memorabilia or with vehicles, Glassman said.
According to Glassman, she was the lead defendant in an indictment returned in 2015 charging 16 people with conspiracy and drug trafficking. Howell pleaded guilty March 9, 2018.
“The severity of the sentences reflects the reach of the organization and the destructive impact drug trafficking organizations have on our region. Whether opioids, meth or other stimulants, we need to maintain the highest levels of vigilance about the foreign and domestic threat of illegal drugs,” he said.
Wilson was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A third leader of the organization, Norman Kuhbander, 54, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 180 months in prison.
“HSI is committed to eliminating criminal enterprises that peddle poison to the streets of Ohio; narcotics investigations now make up 50 percent of all HSI cases,” Special Agent Steve Francis said. “Joint investigations such as this disrupt and dismantle international drug trafficking operations from top to bottom and have an immediate positive impact on the community.”