Woman faces prison in meth trafficking
June 11, 2014
An Indian Hills woman faces at least eight years in prison after she admitted that she had 1.7 pounds of methamphetamine for sale in her home.
Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 33, was scheduled for a trial next month on charges stemming from her October 2012 arrest.
In a plea agreement, prosecutors said they would not seek more than 4-10 years in prison on each count of trafficking in a controlled substance. That's a reduction of a more serious trafficking charge, which would have carried a life sentence with the possibility of parole or a definite term of 25 years under Nevada law.
Under the agreement the sentences would be served consecutively and there would be no chance of probation.
District Judge Tod Young told Chaidez that under the law, the penalty for trafficking was 2-15 years in prison and $500,000 fine on each charge.
Chaidez was arrested after a safe was found in her home containing the methamphetamine and $4,500 in cash, along with scales.
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At an April 2013 preliminary hearing, a Douglas County investigator said he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom. The investigator said he could see money, packaging and what looked like illicit drugs by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through another hole.
He said Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the sheriff's office where officers opened it.
She challenged a confession, saying that investigators didn't have probable cause to search the home.
According to court documents, her confession and the evidence in the safe was deemed admissible in November 2013.
Chaidez was scheduled to be tried in December 2013, but she was pregnant, and rather than endanger the child, Young delayed the trial until July.
On Tuesday, Attorney Derrick Lopez said that Chaidez was engaged to be married.
Young set her sentencing date for Aug. 12.