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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 5:15 am | Updated: 12:13 pm, Mon May 13, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - A 52-year-old Juneau businesswoman will forfeit one of her shops after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Gema Thomas changed her plea Tuesday in federal court.

The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/RpTAJu) reports she also acknowledged that the government had the right to seek forfeiture of her wedding shop because it used drug trafficking money to operate.

Prosecutors say Thomas in early summer contacted drug dealers in Washington and ordered six ounces of methamphetamine for $6,000. She received the meth by mail addressed to her bead shop.

A fellow conspirator sold the meth and paid Thomas $15,000 from profits.

Thomas admitted using drug proceeds to buy inventory for Bridal Gowns, Formal Wear, and Tuxedo Rentals, a business she owned with her husband.

Sentencing is scheduled for March.

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