A California woman who sent the half-pound of meth found in a booth at a Haymarket restaurant in 2017 was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison.

Mary Kezios, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more methamphetamine in connection to the drugs found Sept. 3, 2017.

That day, another woman, Vanessa Hall, walked into Old Chicago and asked a bartender to take her upstairs to find "the stuff" she'd been told would be hidden under a specific booth.

When they checked the booth and didn't find anything, Hall left. Staff checked the other booths and found a FedEx bag with more than 9 ounces of meth inside, according to court records. 

In March, Hall was sentenced in state court to five years of probation for attempted intent to deliver methamphetamine. She pleaded no contest.

Kezios and James Papazian later were indicted for their roles. Federal prosecutors said the arrangement was for Kezios to send the drugs to Lincoln by FedEx, and Papazian, who had worked at Old Chicago, to sell them.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Gerrard sentenced Kezios on Friday to the prison time, plus five years of supervised release, and recommended she get drug treatment.

Papazian has pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing in May.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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