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Carson resident sent to prison for 2004 drug charge

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Probation was revoked Monday for a Carson City woman who was arrested in 2004 after her daughter was stillborn and she tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

Crystal Moreno, 25, received numerous opportunities for probation and drug court, but repeatedly was returned to court for continuing drug use.

“I’m asking to do my time,” she told District Judge Michael Gibbons. “I’m tired of having to deal with it. I’m wasting your time, I’m wasting my time.”

She originally was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison for unlawful use of a controlled substance.

Moreno was given credit for 196 days in custody.

Gibbons told her she did well for periods of time in Western Nevada Regional Drug Court and on probation.

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“You can see where drugs have gotten you,” Gibbons said. “You showed some spark of doing well. You just have to commit to stop doing drugs.”

Her latest probation violation report was dated Oct. 10. She admitted using drugs and failing to report to her probation officer.

“I couldn’t find a job. I’d used. I thought, ‘Why report?'” Moreno said. “I think doing my time will help me.”

Other cases

• A 19-year-old Carson City woman who admitted assisting with a cocaine sale to an undercover informant was admitted Monday to Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

Tifany Fraker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, working with her 17-year-old sister and Bailey Jo Garcia, 19, of Dayton, to complete a transaction with undercover officers on Aug. 7.

If she fails to complete drug court, Fraker faces six years in Nevada State Prison and a $10,000 fine.

“A confidential informant contacted Ms. Fraker to buy cocaine. She said she wasn’t selling, but her sister was,” said her lawyer, Derrick Lopez.

“She told the informant the price and put them in contact with her sister,” Lopez said.

Garcia was admitted to drug court earlier this month. The 17-year-old is to appear in juvenile court Monday.

Fraker has no prior convictions.

“What did you think about getting your sister involved? Did you think about just saying no?” asked District Judge Michael Gibbons.

Fraker said she gave the contact her sister’s telephone number and that of another acquaintance.

Gibbons urged her to take advantage of drug court programs.

“You’ve got a chance to get this straightened out,” he said.

• Probation was revoked Wednesday for a 19-year-old Minden man who was sentenced to one year in Douglas County Jail.

“I think you’re a crook,” East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl told Christopher Tipton. “You’ve come in here and lied to me in the past. I’ve given you every opportunity and you’ve done nothing with it.”

He revoked a 180-day probation on a petty theft conviction and sentenced Tipton to another 180 days for lying to a sheriff’s deputy during an investigation of a series of vehicle burglaries in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Tipton said he made a mistake and would accept the consequences. He asked to be sent to a substance abuse treatment program.

“I think you’re headed to prison, and if you don’t sit up and pay attention right now, I think you’ll make it,” EnEarl said. “This is going to remove you from the community for about nine months. If I could make it longer, I would.”