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March 5, 2013
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Parents accused of dealing drugs in front of toddlers

A Gardnerville couple is facing mandatory prison on allegations that they sold methamphetamine, and kept their drug supply within reach of their two young children.

Roberto Rodriguez, 25, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, methamphetamine; two counts of allowing a child to be present in the commission of a controlled substance violation; and two counts of sales of a controlled substance.

His girlfriend, Michelle A. Hart, 22, is charged with child endangerment and trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to court documents, the pair was arrested following a three-month investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigators which involved four purchases of methamphetamine.

Investigators reportedly found methamphetamine in an unlocked desk drawer within easy reach of the couple's two children, ages 3 and 9 months.

East Fork Justice Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Jamie Henry to represent Hart.

Lawyer Kris Brown was appointed to represent Rodriguez.

The children were in the care of family members.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that Hart's bail stand at $50,500 because of the seriousness of the allegations, but Perkins reduced it to $25,000.

If she manages to bail out, Perkins ordered her to remain in Nevada, waive extradition, and abstain from alcohol and controlled substances.

Rodriguez' bail remained at $127,259. Their next court appearance is today.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 5, 2013 06:49PM Published Mar 5, 2013 06:46PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.