According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stacy Renae Merrell, 28, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute Thursday, July 24 in federal court. The plea, made in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth, was to a charge contained in the indictment issued April 2, 2015.
By pleading guilty, Merrell admitted to being in possession of the methamphetamine with intent to distribute the day of the pursuit, February 19, 2015.
Merrell was originally arrested after failing to stop for an Osage Beach police officer. The incident led to a pursuit exceeding 100 mph on a busy highway. Merrell eventually crashed her car into a metal gate, went down an embankment and came to rest. She exited her vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.
After falling through a frozen swimming pool, Merrell surrendered to police and was taken into custody.
During a search of her vehicle, officers discovered a large bundle of $100 bills totaling $10,000 cash. Officers also discovered two plastic bags containing a total of 224 grams of methamphetamine on the passenger floor.
Merrell is subject to a minimum of five years in a federal prison without parole, with a maximum sentence including 40 years and a fine of $5 million. A sentencing hearing for Merrell will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.