Court reschedules woman’s sentencing in heroin case
By Neal Putnam
A Ramona woman who pleaded guilty to five counts of possession and sale of heroin, sometimes out of a Main Street thrift store, will be sentenced Friday, Jan. 27.
Monica Leslie Tejero, 46, was ready to be sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge Charles Gill on Jan. 20, but Gill transferred to another department and the case didn’t follow him.
She and her attorney, Roland Haddad, went to Gill’s department on Friday, but learned the case file was still in the other courtroom where Gill last worked. Gill already had a lengthy sentencing docket and couldn’t hear her case.
So Tejero, who is free on $100,000 bond, will be sentenced this Friday and could get eight years in prison.
Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell said Gill agreed not to sentence her to more than eight years, with probation ruled out. Campbell said the maximum term is 37 years and four months. Tejero has a prior heroin sale and a burglary conviction, according to court records.
She is no longer employed at the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Inc. at 773 Main St. She was arrested along with two others on June 2, 2011.
Tejero is the last defendant left facing charges after two others pleaded guilty July 29 to one count each of selling heroin. Chris Melero, 34, of Ramona, and Zazil Saul, 22, of Imperial Beach, were sentenced to time already served in jail. They were fined and placed on three years probation.
Court records allege Tejero sold heroin to an informant four times either in the Food & Clothes Closet thrift store or in the parking lot outside.
The largest sale of heroin, 17.7 grams, occurred at her apartment to an informant. The other alleged sales took place in February and March with smaller amounts of the drug.
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