Pregnant mom sent to pen for meth offense



ERATH COUNTY (June 21, 2016) – A pregnant mother is headed to prison for dealing drugs in Stephenville. 

Anna Romero, 30, was convicted of manufacture or delivery of 4-200 grams of meth Tuesday, June 21, in the 266th Judicial District Court, according to Assistant District Attorney Jett Smith.

The first-degree felony offense carries a potential sentence of 5-99 years in prison.

Romero is the mother of a nine-year-old child who was not in her custody when the offense occurred in December 2014, and is also currently five months pregnant, according to Smith.

“So this – methamphetamine – has really taken a toll on her family,” he said, adding that Romero most recently reported a Fort Worth address but lived in a Stephenville apartment complex when the offense occurred.

During testimony, Romero admitted to using meth and smoking and selling marijuana. 

While she did not have a felony record prior to Tuesday’s conviction, Smith said Romero did have prior misdemeanor convictions for delivery of marijuana and assault causing bodily injury.


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He also said the guilty verdict and prison term – assessed by an Erath County jury – came with a message.   

“The jury sent a loud message to the community,” Smith said. “Even though a defendant does not have a felony criminal history, the people of Erath County don’t take dealing meth lightly.” 

At the time of her arrest, Romero reportedly had almost 5 grams of meth, and Stephenville Police Detective Russell Ford told the jury it was enough of the highly potent and addictive drug to deliver a high to up to 50 inexperienced drug users.

And Smith agreed meth is a drug known to hook first-time users into becoming habitual abusers and even drug addicts.

In addition to the 10-year prison stint, Romero was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Romero was represented by court-appointed defense attorney Andrew Ottaway of Granbury.

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