A woman involved in a local narcotics ring pleaded guilty to three counts of methamphetamine delivery Monday and now awaits sentencing from a judge after waiving her right to a jury trial.
Nicole Rachell Cehand, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of manufacture/delivery of 4-200 grams of a controlled substance in penalty group one (methamphetamine) and two similar charges for manufacture/delivery of 1-4 grams.
Cehand was one of 17 suspects rounded up in August after a nine-month joint narcotics investigation between the Stephenville Police Department and Erath County Sheriff's Office. She was one of three suspects police didn't initially locate and an anonymous tip led to her arrest.
Visiting District Judge Don Jones set the sentencing hearing for Oct. 22. Maximum punishment for the state jail felonies is 99 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 and 20 years plus the same fine for the lesser charges.
Cehand is represented by Stephenville attorney Shay Isham.
Meanwhile, the trial of a man accused of hindering secured creditors, $20,000-$100,000, has been pushed back a week. Jerry Edwards Evans II is due in court Monday, Aug. 27, when District Attorney Alan Nash and Isham, also representing Evans, agreed to reset the case.