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A 30-year-old Lincoln man caught with 2½ ounces of meth in November and again in June for driving on a revoked license with a loaded stolen handgun and more meth has gotten nine to 13 years in prison for a string of charges.

Derek Spurlock pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, driving during revocation and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Lancaster County District Judge Darla Ideus sentenced him Tuesday.

On June 13, Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force members were at a house near South Ninth and Van Dorn streets on an unrelated Crime Stoppers tip about possible drug sales. 

While officers were inside, Spurlock pulled up in a car. Police arrested him on warrants and for driving on a revoked license, and a search of the car turned up the stolen gun, ammo and 14 grams of meth.

At the time, he was out of jail on bond on charges related to a traffic stop early Nov. 23.

Police had gotten information that day about meth being sold out of a University Place house near North 41st Street and Huntington Avenue.

When an SUV left, they followed and ended up stopping the driver on a traffic violation. Spurlock was the passenger. A police K-9 indicated the scent of drugs inside, which led to a search that turned up nearly 2½ grams of meth in his left cargo pants pocket and 2 more grams hidden in a body cavity in a search at the jail.



Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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