Teen sent to drug court
October 11, 2011
A 19-year-old Gardnerville man who admitted driving a friend who was delivering more than 7 grams of Ecstasy to a cooperating source in a drug sting was allowed Tuesday to participate in Western Regional Drug Court.
Sean Edward Martin pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in the May 13 incident.
“I drove my friend to the bottom of Kingsbury Grade,” Martin told District Judge Dave Gamble. “He sold the drugs to the undercover agent.”
Martin denied he had a drug problem until Gamble told him he didn’t qualify for drug court.
He told the judge he wanted to enter the program to avoid a felony on his record.
Gamble said he appreciated Martin’s honesty, but told him the program was for addicts.
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Martin’s attorney, William Cole, said his client had a juvenile record that included drug use and was in custody for using cocaine.
“On the one hand, you want to minimize your drug use, but you think you can kind of skate by and void the consequences for breaking the law. There has to come a time when you stop lying,” Gamble said.
He told Martin that drug court was his chance to avoid prison and a felony conviction.
“You’re not a juvenile any more. You go to jail, then if you violate, you go to prison,” Gamble said.
He refused to release Martin prior to the Oct. 24 drug court so he could report to work.
“I don’t care how long the job is open,” Gamble said. “I care about how long he’s been using cocaine and alcohol, how long he’s been selling MDMA, and how long he’s been lying about it,” Gamble said.
Probation was revoked Tuesday for a 25-year-old Genoa man who pleaded guilty to dissauding a witness.
District Judge Dave Gamble ordered Wesley Weigand to serve one year in Douglas County Jail after he admitted using cocaine in violation of his probation.
Weigand asked for the revocation.
“The easiest thing in the world is to let yourself be revoked, do your time and get back to using cocaine when you get out,” Gamble said. “You need to address your addictions whether a judge makes you do it or not.”
Weigand said he planned to move to Wyoming and work on a ranch.
“There are programs in Wyoming, just like there’s cocaine,” Gamble said.
Weigand admitted trying to talk his girlfriend out of testifying against him in a domestic battery case.
He pleaded guilty in East Fork Justice Court to misdemeanor battery that constitutes domestic battery.
After his arrest in February, he called the victim from jail and urged her not to testify against him. He told her not to talk to an investigator, and that if she didn’t show up for court, the charge would be dropped against him.
His conversation was recorded on the jail telephone and he was charged with a gross misdemeanor.