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May 7, 2013
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Man admits trafficking charge

A 25-year-old Gardnerville man faces up to 30 years in prison and $110,000 in fines after he pleaded guilty Monday to trafficking in methamphetamine and allowing a child to be present during a drug transaction.

District Judge Michael Gibbons set sentencing for June 24 for Roberto Rodriguez. He is ineligible for probation for the two felonies.

The trafficking charge carries a penalty of 2-15 years in Nevada State Prison, and allowing a child to be present is punishable by 3-15 years in prison.

Gibbons told the defendant he faced a minimum of three years in prison.

In return for Rodriguez’s guilty plea, the state dismissed second counts of trafficking and allowing a child to be present in the commission of a controlled substance violation; and two counts of sales of a controlled substance.

Rodriguez’s girlfriend, Michelle A. Hart, pleaded guilty last month to allowing a child to be present during the commission of a controlled substance violation and child endangerment. She is to be sentenced May 28 by District Judge Tod Young.

In exchange for Hart’s guilty plea, the state won’t oppose her request for a diversion for the felony. She agreed not to seek diversion for the gross misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

That means, if successful, the felony charge would be dismissed.

Sentencing on the gross misdemeanor is to be continued until she completes the diversion, and the state agreed not to ask for additional jail time.

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

Investigators reportedly found methamphetamine in an unlocked desk drawer in the couple’s apartment within easy reach of their two children, ages 3 and 9 months. The children’s voices could be heard on an audiotape of a transaction indicating their presence.

The children are in the care of family members.

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The Record Courier Updated May 7, 2013 05:39PM Published May 7, 2013 04:44PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.