A woman caught with a quarter-pound of meth in a traffic stop in Lincoln in 2017 got nearly 22 years in federal prison for it Thursday.

Tara Ellington, 44, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf sentenced her to 21 years and 10 months, plus 10 years of supervised release.

At Thursday's hearing, Ellington said she knew she had made some terrible choices a couple of years ago, but she had a lot of sobriety before that. And she's been working on that again.

Kopf allowed her to turn herself in to prison in 45 days.

According to the plea agreement, early June 23, 2017, Ellington was a passenger in a car stopped by a Lincoln police officer near West Dawes and Northwest Fourth streets for failing to use a turn signal.

Prosecutors say a police dog alerted to her side of the car, and a search turned up three bags of meth that together weighed 118 grams, digital scales and baggies.

Ellington faced more time because she served time in state prison for a felony drug crime in 2012 in Lincoln.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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