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Woman gets 8-20 years in trafficking case

by Kurt Hildebrand

An Indian Hills woman was sentenced to 8-20 years in state prison on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.

Tearsa L. Cisneros, formally Chaidez, 33, could have faced up to 30 years in prison on the charges. She admitted that she had 1.7 pounds of methamphetamine in her home when she was arrested in October 2012.

Cisneros had a child earlier this year, delaying her trial.

"Thank you for the opportunity to set things right for my child," she said. "Nobody else did this. I did it."

She said selling drugs was the second worst thing she'd done in her life after starting to use them herself.

However, prosecutor Laurie Trotter pointed out that Cisneros said she was clean when she was arrested.

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"You call this drug horrible, but you sold it to other people's children so they would suffer from this horrible drug for profit," Young said.

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.