Woman who sets up drug deal while in court pleads guilty

Photo: Debra Sisney

A Mountain Home woman who allegedly arranged a drug deal on a cellphone while sitting in Baxter County Circuit Court waiting for one of her existing drug cases to be called was back in the courtroom last Thursday.

In the newest case to be filed against her, 42-year-old Debra Sisney is charged with selling methamphetamine and using a cellphone to set up the deal. She pled guilty to the charges and will be sentenced April 23.

In late June last year, a confidential informant approached officers and said he had arranged to purchase one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine from Sisney for $300.

When the informant made contact with Sisney, he was told to meet her at the Dollar General store in Midway.

A short time after arriving at the store, Sisney called the informant and directed him to a residence along State Highway 178 in the Midway area.

Once in the house, Sisney introduced the informant to an older male with white hair. The informant gave the man the money and was supplied two plastic bags of a crystalline substance.

The substance was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for testing.

The new charges against Sisney triggered revocation petitions in two earlier drug cases, both filed in 2019 – one in January and the other in August.

The charges in both cases include possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and Suboxone and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Last Thursday, Sisney admitted she had violated the terms and conditions of her probation, was held in contempt and order to spend 30 days in jail.

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