Teens admit dealing Ecstasy
May 1, 2007
Two teenagers admitted Monday they helped obtain the synthetic drug Ecstasy for distribution in Carson Valley.
Amanda Garcia, 17, a Douglas High School junior, and Jesse Glass, 18, admitted petitions of being principals to the sale of a controlled substance.
Garcia had been held at the juvenile detention facility at Stateline since their arrests April 24. Glass was being held in Douglas County Jail on $60,000 bail.
According to lawyer Kevin Walsh, Glass was 17 when the offense occurred and would be treated as a juvenile even though he was incarcerated with adult offenders.
Garcia and Glass were released on house arrest Monday and ordered to return to juvenile court May 21 for disposition which could range from probation to incarceration in a juvenile detention facility.
A third defendant, Derek Peterson, 16, was ordered to return May 7. His lawyer, Tod Young, said he had a conflict with another juvenile and was unable to represent Peterson.
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District Judge Michael Gibbons appointed Matthew Ence to represent Peterson who is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.
Gibbons ordered Peterson to remain in custody at the juvenile detention facility pending his next hearing.
Another juvenile who is not a Douglas student and four young adults also were arrested in separate offenses.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Street Enforcement Team made controlled purchases of cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy, a synthetic drug which acts as a hallucinogen and a stimulant.