Four plead in undercover drug buy | NevadaAppeal.com

Four plead in undercover drug buy

F.T. Norton
ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com

Several people busted in an undercover drug buying operation in January, pleaded guilty to charges Tuesday, including a couple who allegedly kept a filthy home where three children lived.

Katherine Jean Lafrance, 23, and Chad Harris, 23, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act and gross misdemeanor chid neglect. Donald Eugene Ford, 41, and Sharon Gulizia, 39, each pleaded guilty to sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess marijuana.

According to court documents, Lafrance and Harris purchased marijuana for an undercover police informant from Ford and Gulizia.

When police served a search warrant at Lafrance’s Wendy Circle apartment they allegedly found the place in “dangerous squalor.”

“… trash was piled waist high,” the report states, “The residence was full of flies and smelled heavily of trash … I could see knives on the floor where any of the children could reach them.”

Lafrance and Harris lived in the home with Lafrance’s children ages 6 years, 3 years and 7 months old at the time, according to the police report.

Two of the children are living with their fathers, the eldest is now with Lafrance’s mother, Lafrance’s attorney said Tuesday.

Lafrance and Harris will be sentenced April 26. Harris was released on his own recognizance. Lafrance will remain in custody until a bed opens up at an in-patient drug treatment program.

Gulizia will be sentenced on April 12. Ford will be sentenced on April 26.

Also before Judge Jim Wilson on Tuesday:

• Walter Jay Anderson III, pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of dangerous weapon by an incarcerated person. A trial is set for May 2.

• Scott Bruce, 33, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor child endangerment. He will be sentenced April 12.

• Chesley Gerhardt Ludden, 22, had his probation revoked on a larceny charge and must serve 12-32 months. He was given credit for 33 days credit for time served.

• Donald Polaske, 50, was sentenced to 12-36 months on a charge third-offense drunken driving.

• Tyler Scott Schroeder, 21, was sentenced to 12-48 months in prison on a charge of possession of stolen property.

• Glenda Gene Hudson pleaded guilty to attempted exploitation of an older/vulnerable person. She will be sentenced on April 26.