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April 27, 2013
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Woman fights meth trafficking charge

An Indian Hills woman is fighting drug trafficking charges filed after more than a pound of methamphetamine was allegedly found in a safe at her home.

Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 32, appeared for a preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Friday.

She’s accused of having 1 pound, 14 ounces of methamphetamine in a safe inside her home along with scales, a ledger and $4,800 in cash.

East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins found there was marginal evidence that Chaidez could have committed the crime and ordered her bound over to district court. She is scheduled to appear on May 21.

Investigators discovered the safe on Oct. 22 while conducting a search in an unrelated case.

According to testimony offered by Douglas County Investigator Ted Duzan he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom.

He testified he could see money, packaging and what looked like illicit drug by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through a second hole.

Duzan said that Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Station where authorities opened it.

When he spoke to her the same day, she told them that she purchased the safe a few weeks prior. She gave them the combination to the safe.

Under cross-examination by Chaidez’ attorney Derrick Lopez, Duzan said investigators were familiar with the defendant’s address in connection with drug activity.

Chaidez was taken into custody on Oct. 24, because she said the man who paid her to keep the safe was looking for its contents.

She posted $25,000 bond the next day.


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